My 2012 Cap 10K

Mads, Cindy and Luke after the Cap 10K
Me and the kids after my race

With no specific training, I shaved several minutes off my 10K time today.

I ran the Cap 10K. It’s the same race I ran last year with Jenny, and we had such a blast that I decided to run it again this year — alone. The thing is, I decided not to make an effort to train for an endurance event. I wanted to see if the short distance I run in Crossfit and before Olympic lifting would be enough.

It turns out they were enough to get me through the race — and even beat my previous time — but not enough to stave off soreness. More on that in a little bit. First, the stats:

Time: 56:32
Pace: 9:06/mile

Class position: 105
Overall Place: 2835

I was a little annoyed at the start, because there were only a few ways to enter the chute and the lines to get in were jammed. Then some race volunteer tried to close the gate on everyone to make us go around. Her comment was, “That’s why you’re supposed to get here early and be in place.” Gees. Thankfully, about a minute before the start, someone had enough sense to open the fence and let us in. It still took me 5 minutes to get to the start line after the gun went off.

The weather was much warmer today than last year, and that made the hills a bit harder. I was sweating a lot more, but the course was still pretty fun.

I would have been even faster had I not had to pee so bad. I ended up pulling a Beth and jumping into a port-o-potty between miles 4 and 5. I jumped back on the course as soon as I could, but when you stop, it’s hard to get started again. My legs felt a lot heavier the rest of the race.

I had to tell myself not to stop as I ran over the South 1st Street bridge and toward the finish. I picked up the pace as much as I could, and I heard Andy scream from the crowd to “Go!”

I mistimed my run, so for a while I thought I had finished slower than last year. But I signed up for automatic Tweets for when I crossed the finish line, and it wasn’t until Jenny responded with a big cheer that I realized I had finished well under an hour — which was my goal.

I like that race. I’d like to keep doing it. But I’m so sore right now, I think I’ll try to train a bit more. Everything aches, and I’m hobbling around like I’m 80. Oly tomorrow is going to be fun, right?

My Cap10K

This morning, I saw a guy three times with a sign that read “Running Sucks.”  There was a time when I would have agreed, but today I had so much fun running the Cap10K!

The Cap10K was — by far — one of the best organized races I’ve run so far, and the course was great.  There were some significant hills, but each one was followed by a decent decline, which made recovery easy.  I kept thinking — “I’m having a great time!  Should I be having a good time?  This is the farthest I’ve ever run.”

Cindy and Jenny after the Cap 10KMy chip time came in at 1:00:37 — not quite under an hour as I hoped, but I did walk for a couple of minutes with Jenny when she started feeling sick.  I wasn’t going to leave my running buddy.  It’s only a run.

I will definitely do this run again next year, and my goal is to run it in under 50 minutes.  Think I can do it?

I had a total playlist win during the race, thanks to some suggestions from my friend Richard and some fresh downloads from Amazon.  But that’s not all.  Here are my top loves from the race:

5. Being timed.
This cut down on having to dodge runners and stroller for the first mile.
Totally worth the extra money.

4. Extra water stations
I didn’t use every single one, but it was nice that the race planners put them at more frequent intervals later in the course.

3. Connelly HS Band — playing under the overpass after mile marker 3.
I started clapping for them, and they got excited and started playing again.  Awesome.

2. Neighborhood residents stationed along the frontage road between Enfield and Lake Austin Boulevard.
These folks came out in force and even provided what I assume was unofficial entertainment.  They rocked.

1. The eldery woman in the wheelchair dressed in the cow costume under the MoPac bridge who was cheering us on.
Need I say more?  I love Austin.