Apple Blossom 10K
May 5, 2018~Winchester, VA
Earlier this year I signed up for this race thinking it was going to just be a fun, local training run with a bib pinned to my shirt. The day before the race I couldn’t have been less excited to run it. I wasn’t sure why until my coach texted me “don’t be afraid to fail.” See, my first two races of the year ended on super high notes. Running faster than I thought I could at Death Valley and placing 2nd in my age group at the Reaching For the Cure 10K. When it comes down to it, I was afraid of disappointing myself, which is insane because I had been putting in the hard work all spring. After spectating my nephews at the Bloomin’ Mile the afternoon before race day, I got out of my funk and showed the f*ck up.
Here’s how the race went down:
I woke up and ate Picky Oats in How ‘Bout Dem Apples, had some coffee, wrote some wise words from my coach on my arm and headed to the race. I got lucky and found a free parking spot right at the start line, picked up my packet and nervously waited for the race start.
We all lined up in front of Handley High School and took off promptly at 8:30am, I love it when a race starts on time! The first mile was FAST, starting downhill, going up a small but steep hill and then back downhill. While I wouldn’t consider this race “hilly,” it definitely had some hills throughout the course that slowed me down. I also wouldn’t call this course scenic, it just went through some neighborhoods and by some car dealerships, so really nothing interesting to look at, which likely helped me focus on my “get after it” task.
My goal was to just go hard and not look at my Garmin every five seconds. After looking at my splits, had I been looking at my Garmin during the race I would ether say “whoaaaa slow it down” or get down on myself for having a “slower than I thought I was going” pace. The Sharpie writing on my arm was strategically placed to distract me when I would go to look down at my wrist to see my pace, because it would remind me to just go for it.
Before making the final turn to the finish line, I looked at my Garmin and saw that I had finally run my first sub-50 minute 10K in 49:23. At that point my legs were screaming at me but I ran as hard as I could through that finish line and earned my shiny new 10K PR!!!
Per my Garmin: 6.32 miles, 50:17, 7:57/mile
Official time: 6.2 miles, 50:11, 8:04/mile
10/99 30-34 age group
For the rest of the day, you could not have gotten me down if you tried. The last time I ran a 10K PR was at the Wicked 10K in 2012. It’s a really fast and flat race, and that particular year we had comfortable temperatures a significant tailwind for a good portion of the race. It’s made for PRs. As I said above, the Apple Blossom 10K isn’t hilly…just hilly-ish. The weather was close to perfect with temperatures in the mid-60s with just a touch of humidity. Also, fun fact, I ran this race in 2011 and ran my first sub-60 minute 10K. Does that mean I come back in 2025 and run a sub-40? #hugegoal?
This race marked the end of my running season for 2018. To say I ended on a high note would be an understatement. Triathlon race season starts with Eagleman 70.3 on June 10th and will go through October.