Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ukrop's 10k race report and upcoming giveaway

It's been a few days, but here's my race report from the Ukrop's 10k.

41,000 people registered for this 10k! That's insane! I don't think I've run a race that big before. You would expect some Rock N Roll events to be that big, not a 10k in Richmond. It was really well run. Super organized. They even had security at the start line to make sure you had a bib and that you were in the right pace choral! I've never seen that happen before. It was kinda nice.

The race started at 8:30. That is the kind of race start I can get on board with. We stayed at our friend Lee's house and the kids stayed at home with Nana and Pop Pop. We drove down Friday afternoon. Leaving our neighborhood Sam realized he forgot his visor. No one wanted to turn around. We decided things like that can't throw us off. We kept going. On 95 Sam realized he forgot his Garmin! That we would have turned around for....but we were too far from home. I had mine and my goal for this race was the pace him - so me wearing the only Garmin made sense. We got to Lee's house and settled in. We had dinner (Lee cooked) and watched some tv. Anyone seen An Idiot Abroad? HILARIOUS. Then, off to bed - not gonna lie, I fell asleep on the couch.

We woke up around 7am, got coffee going and breakfast. Put on our shoe tags, bibs, and decided how cold it really was and what we needed to wear. Lee's wife was going to drop us off as close as she could to the start and our choral did go until 9:09. We got in the car at 8:10 and headed out.

Sam and Lee post race
We got to the race as it was happening. So weird. Tons of people were already running. Before we got to our choral people had already finished! Even weirder. We hit up the porta potty, waited for about 10 minutes and then got on our way. There were pockets of super crowds, not too bad though. I forgot this was Sam's first race - until it came time to start weaving and passing people. He got a crash course in that. It's tough to do, especially when you are running with someone. Have I mentioned how Sam is built? Think Mr. Incredible. HUGE HUGE HUGE shoulders. He does not weave in and out of people well.....yet. He got better as the race went, I did push him through a few spots though.

The race was in the sun mostly so that warmed us up. Every block or so there was a band - always love that. We talked a little: "is this pace good?", "how do you feel?", "can you push harder?". It was fun for me, but alot of pressure. The pressure really hit when my stomach went nuts. I needed a porta potty but I didn't want to hold Sam up. I told him to keep going and I'd catch up. "No" What? Are you crazy? Just keep going! "I want to cross the finish line with you." Ahhhhhhhh. Too cute! So, we stopped -quick - and kept going. We did alittle sprinting to make up for that stop.

So Happy!!!!!!
We crossed the finish line holding hands. It was great. Sam nailed his first race and the weather was perfect. Did I mention there is zero elevation? Pretty nice!

Yeah! Done!

Now it's on to the next race. We are both doing a sprint tri April 17th. Last night we got to go to Potomac River Running (one of our sponsors) and have a team night. We had a Q and A with a professional triathlete Margie Shapiro (so awesome) and a chance to shop with our team discount. I love this place. I buy everything one stop shop! What did we get? Glad you asked!

We had a gift card! We got some serious nutrition, body glide, I got the blue tank, and Sam got the black shorts. Pretty sweet!

Team Fexy at Potomac River Runners
My giveaway? It's coming tomorrow in honor of Mason turning 3! Stay tuned!!!!!