Jug Bay 10k - November 2013
Upper Marlboro, MD
Passing a 5k runner on my way to the 10k finish
The out-and-back 10k course has a few hills, runs on gravel trail for a couple miles, and goes back and forth over a 1,000 foot long wooden bridge. So, it is not the best course if you are looking for a PR, but it is pretty fair overall. In terms of pure scenery, it is a beautiful race, as it runs along the banks of the Patuxent River and through a wildlife preserve.
Here were my mile splits for the race:
1 - 5:57 (156 average heart rate)
2 - 5:59 (172)
3 - 6:07 (177)
4 - 6:14 (179)
5 - 6:27 (179)
6 - 6:12 (182)
final 0.28 - 1:39 - 5:57 pace (184)
It is an out-and-back course, and they have water stations on both sides of the road around mile 2 (which is also mile 4 on the way back). Ideally, you would grab water from the water station on the right side each time. But when we were running out, the water station volunteers on BOTH sides were all only handing water to the 5k runners (who were running the opposite direction - towards us). I tried to grab a cup from a volunteer who was looking the other direction, but I startled her and she dropped the cup!
Then on the way back, no one was handing out water at the first table I saw on the left side of the road (I forgot there was another table on the other side of the road). So, I had to make a 90 degree left turn to run over to the table, grab my own cup of water, and then go back onto the course and try to regain momentum. Unfortunately, around a curve about 100 meters later, I saw the other table on the right side of the road, and they WERE handing out water to runners. Crap, if only I had waited! In hindsight, it would have been much better to just forget about water all together. Hydration improves your performance, but when you are only racing for 38 minutes on a reasonably cool November day, you certainly don't NEED water. I probably could have knocked 10 or 15 seconds off my time if I had just relaxed, kept running and not worried about the water.
|The spoils of victory|
As I mentioned earlier, the 5k and 10k courses cross paths along the way, so I had a chance to see her a little before mile 2. I cheered for as we passed, but didn't really think much of it. Later on the course, I thought to myself - Hmmm...she was pretty far up there. Did I see any other women in front of her? I don't think I saw any other women. Is she winning the race?! Once I finished, I found Michelle and confirmed that she did indeed win the race, as the 1st place overall female!! They got an awesome picture of her celebrating her victory at the finish line.
|My super-speedy wife: 2014 Jug Bay 5k Champion!|