I completed my first race since the Disney Marathon last Saturday. The Route 66 Festival in Edwardsville, IL hosts the (you guessed it) Route 66 10K every June. This year, they partnered with the Glen Carbon Homecoming “Glen Carbon Covered Bridge 5K” to create the Goshen 5 & Dime Challenge. A colleague of mine convinced me to sign up even though my New Year’s Resolution included “no races, just run for fun” for 2014. Turns out, I didn’t break my resolution because I didn’t really train for the race and still had fun.
The Route 66 10K is great for several reasons:
- 8am start time
- Great, laid back atmosphere
- Similar, predictable course as previous years (3+ miles are on the trails!)
I started and finished the 10K pretty strong even though I had moments of “quit” in each mile. I finished without pain and never felt like my tank was on “empty”. I was a little concerned because my normal go-to pre-5k/10k is off the table during my elimination diet (toast, peanut butter, honey, banana) and I wasn’t sure if the apple cinnamon rice pancakes with coconut butter & apple butter would hold. But it worked out well!
After the 10K, I headed home to shower, eat, & rest my legs before our next “challenge”: the Glen Carbon Covered Bridge 5K in the evening.
The 5K had me a little worried because it was much hotter at 5pm and I’m not an evening runner. I like to wake up, run on empty, and recover the rest of the day. I didn’t know how my stomach would hold up after a day of food, especially since I planned to be a little faster in this race.
The 5K course was flat & fast (all of it on the Nickel Plate Trail!) but all in the hot evening sun. I started out fast (too fast: my splits were all positive) and my quads were tired from the morning race. All “running pain” aside, I pushed through and managed to place 3rd in my age group. Not a PR, but I’ll still take that extra medal!