It’s about time I got to the Ringing in Spring 10k recap! This past weekend, I participated in my first race of the year in Valparaiso, Indiana called Ringing in Spring 5k/10k. I participated in the 10k last year (Time: 54:04) and did the 10k again this year. It’s a well organized, USATF certified race and 100% of race proceeds benefit the Valparaiso Family YMCA and its fitness programs.
My Mom joined in this year and walked the 5k (not to mention she did another 5k race the weekend before- SO proud of her) My cousins also joined in on the 5k too—it was a family affair!
It was a bit chilly outside to start at 9am, but once I got moving I was good to go. I didn’t have a specific goal in mind, just wanted to see what I could do. I figured if I try to push myself a bit, it would make up for the 8 mile long run I was supposed to do for half marathon training (only 2 extra miles- no biggie.)
The walkers and runners all started at the same time, and although I assumed they told walkers to “start in the back,” no one seems to listen to it. So the first mile was spent weaving in and out of people. I was a bit frustrated by that but then I saw the most awesome sign ever and literally laughed out loud.
I checked out my watch after the first few miles and saw I was averaging around an 8 minute mile. I couldn’t believe it! At that point, I tried to keep up that pace in hopes of a 10k PR. Most of my running this year has been on the treadmill doing intervals so I guess that must have helped because I didn’t feel like I was going that fast!
Sweet action shot by the race photographer—I was JUST about to get my wave on for the camera…
I finished feeling great and tried to kick it at the end (although I was just about out of energy…I kept thinking…I’m gonna PR…I’m gonna PR!) And then…I did!
The thing was, the printout was different than the website results. The printout posted in the pavilion and on the TV screen with live results said I did it in 49:49 (8:02 pace), but the timing website said my chip time was 50:16 (8:06 pace) and total time was 50:50. So which is it?! (Either way, it was a PR for me over this 10k at 51:45 so I’m happy!)
Place: 81 of 446
Gender place: 23 of 256
Female 25 to 29: 2 of 29…which got me a fancy medal!
What I loved about the race:
1) No paper race packets…instead, I got a “virtual” race bag via email with special offers, etc. Good call.
2) Option to forego the race shirt (I did this because I have WAYY too many shirts to count.) Also brought down the price. I ended up paying $16 (and got a $5 rebate for doing a trial run of Active Advantage) which brought it down to a whopping $11.
3) Option to switch race between 5k and 10k while you are on the course. How nice is that?!
When is your first race of the year?