|The start line of the Freezin' for a Reason 10K, Garrison, IA|
|Before the start of the Freezin' for a Reason 10K.|
At registration, we had the choice of which type of personal pan pizza we wanted or chicken wings. I chose the wings, gathered my bib and pins, and got a nice long sleeve t-shirt as well. The RD was a nice guy in a crazy hat and pointed the way to the bathrooms in the newly built library.
We started the race right at 10am and headed east toward Vinton, IA. Since the trail had a few inches of snowpack on it, I wanted to be able to see more clearly where my footplants would be, so after being stuck behind a couple of people, I put in a little surge to pass them. (Uneven footplants caused me a slight injury to my right quad one year in New Hampshire after a snow covered 5K turkey trot.) That may or may not have been the best idea, as I probably took the initial mile or two out faster than I would have liked.
|Sign near the start of the race on the Old Creamery Trail|
As the course flattened and the trees thinned out, the course started to have less snow where the sun could get to it, but the melting was also causing the trail to be squishy and muddy in places. It actually became smarter to find snow along the edges to run on as it was firmer. Somewhere just before this, the first place runner, (wearing what most of us would consider clothes only to be worn at a track meet in the middle of May, plus a hat and gloves), passed me and I started the count to see where I was placed overall by the turnaround at halfway.
|Heading east on the Old Creamery Trail towards Vinton. I am the fourth from the left. Lots of orange that day!|
I pushed hard in the final stretch and came home at a reasonable time considering the conditions in 13th/24 at 59:48. (Freezin' for a Reason 10K 2015 Results.) Though I do a lot of runs right around 10K during the year in training, I haven't raced a 10K in several years. It seems like most things I have done in the last several years have all been 8K or less, or 15K and more. This 10K was a great "B" race. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This small town race raised $700 for World Hunger. A job well done by the RD and his volunteers.
I hung around afterwards talking with a couple of the runners, eating wonderful chocolate brownies, and shooting the breeze about trails and races. Even met a guy who will be running the 100 miler at Zumbro. Having grabbed my food, eventually I made my way back to the car and headed home.
|During the first half of the race, as we headed east through the tree lined trails.|
Final .16: 1:25.97 (8:56/mi.)
Total: 6.16 miles in 59:48, average 9:43. Snow pack and/or squishy, muddy trails. Slight grade and flat on way out, flat and then slight grade down on the way back to the finish.