Can you tell how much I just LOVE J&A Races? The Wicked 10K is another favorite of mine. I was super unprepared for this race too, and it definitely showed in my time. This is a race that I really want to redeem myself in this year.
I got down to the convention center nice and early and sought refuge in my nice warm car. After awhile, I headed into the convention center to check out all of the costumes. I’m telling you what, I don’t know how these people ran in some of the stuff they were wearing. A Scooby Doo Mystery Machine….CRAZY! I think my favorite costume was a group of guys that dressed as Duck Dynasty and carried a canoe!
After awhile I headed outside. Due to this being in late October, it was pretty cool, even by VA standards. I completely overdressed and paid for it later (tank, long sleeves, short sleeves and capris). I don’t remember much of the race. I do remember when I could see the leaders doubling back I wanted to try to see Hollie, but no such luck. I was getting hot, but I wanted to make to the halfway point before I adjusted my clothing. After I hit the 5k mark, I had to stop on the side of the road and strip down. I took off my top layer, got rid of the long sleeves, then put the top layer back on. I loved my long sleeved shirt too much to part with it, so I tied it around my waist.
I don’t remember the back half of the race much, but I remember that I walked. A lot. The last half mile or so is torture because you can see the finish line forever. I finished in 1:21:28.
The good thing is that the after party made me forget about my poor performance. J&A throws a good party – and the swag for this race was pretty exceptional too. I’m really excited about this race for 2014 – I’d really like to redeem myself!
How do you feel about 10ks? Love them or hate them? Have you ever done a Halloween race?