I got up bright & early for the Blossom Trail 10k race. This is my second time running it. You may read about last years here. ( I don’t know why I didn’t include my time from last years, but it was 55:48.)
We had the most perfect running weather today. Sunny & low 50’s at the start.
The course was the same as last year. It took us through residential areas and country roads along a ton of orchards. Everything is in bloom right now and it’s such a beautiful course to run. Actually one of my favorites!
Woke up at 6:22, had my usual breakfast. Toast with butter & jelly, a banana, water & a huge cup of coffee.
I got there with 15 minutes to spare (because I’m cool & picked up my race packet last weekend!) and parked about a block away from the start line. I walked about .25 of a mile to the port a potties to wait in a long line & realized there was no way I had enough time.
Suck it up buttercup! The race was more important to off to the start line I went.
Not bad for running with a full bladder, I might add.
Garmin Time: 49:45
Official Time: 49:51
I am so happy with my time! I cut off close to 6 minutes off my time from last year. Woot, woot!
***Edited to add official results. I placed 3 out of 40 in my age group, 18 out of 206 women & 88 out of 399 overall.***
Yay for more race bling!!!
Still can’t believe my APPM. I would have been happy to run 8:15’s.
Patiently waiting for the results to see if that earned me more race bling. I’m still waiting.
Okay this is the part where I tell you what I really think.
- There weren’t enough port a potties in my opinion. I think they had 4 or 5 for the women & the same for men. There were at least several hundred people there.
- The 10k walkers started before the run & I had to weave in & out. I think they should start the run first or have the walkers stay to the right.
- They didn’t have water available right after the race. Just a teenage boy with headphones in his ears handing out bags of raisins. When I asked him where the water was located, he said “I don’t know.” Major fail.
- The results took forever and when they were posted, they had the 2 mile runners mixed in the 10k. Also the results with the times between 47:00 & 52:00 were left out. Exactly where I am. (From what I can tell is that I placed somewhere between 2 & 4th.)
Would I run this race again?
Yes, but only because I love running, racing & the course is beautiful.
Now it’s time to dig into this huge bucket of ice cream Mike bought for my grandma & I.
Funny story, last year my grandma told me “when you get old like me, nothing sounds good to eat any more. So when I can’t decide what to eat, I just have a bowl of ice cream.” It’s true! I can’t make this stuff up!