I ran my first 10K back in April – the Capitol 10K. It was pretty overwhelming. There were close to 20,000 runners. 20,000 RUNNERS. It was a thrilling race and I cannot wait to run it again in 2016. There are a few hills, but after running in Lakeway, the hills were nothing.
A few tips:
1. Make sure you have someone to drop you off near the start. I can’t even imagine trying to park. My parents dropped me off and then parked at the Long Center. It took them about an hour to make it a few tenths of a mile. If I were a racer sitting in that traffic, I’d be freaking out.
2. There are a lot of port-a-potties around. The lines are INSANE, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. I’m not sure if bathrooms will always be located in the same area, but there were a collection of them near the Embassy Suites. I liked this group because it was right next to my corral and the rest of the runners on S. Congress. It only took about 20 minutes to get through the long line.
3. You don’t have to show up SO early. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the start and use the restroom, but you don’t have to be in your corral 2 hours before start time.
Last weekend, I ran the “Race to Build” 10K, a benefit for Habitat for Humanity organized by the Georgetown Running Club. It was a trail run through Williamson County Park in Leander. I’d never really run on trails before, so this was new to me. There were rocks and tree branches – it was like an obstacle course. To add to the difficulty of the trail, it was POURING rain. Complete downpour. Before the race started, I was soaked to the bone. Once the race started, my shoes were caked with mud and I had to carry the extra weight through the whole thing. I did slip in the mud once, but it was all good 🙂
I have really grown to like the 10K. It’s the perfect race for me!