Race Report: 2011 Rescue Run 10K
Rolling out of bed prior to 07:00 on New Year’s Day is always tough, but for the 4th year in a row I got myself up and headed down to Colorado Springs to do the Rescue Run 10K. It’s a great way to kick off the new year. I had a long list of excuses as to why I shouldn’t go – the roads were bad, it was cold (single digits), I didn’t get to bed until 2, I only just started running again after letting some injuries heal – but I ended up going because I just wanted to get back into racing again. I’ve missed it. I knew I would likely be running my worst time on this course, but I still wanted to go anyway. Despite being over-fed and under-trained, I had a really good time.
I got in a good warm-up by running on some snow covered trails. I was a little late getting back to my car and almost missed the start. I had to sprint the last 100 yards just to catch the middle of the ~600 runner pack (5k +10k runners) as it began to move.
The conditions were cold and icy, footing was tricky to say the least.
I stayed comfortable on the hilly course and never really felt a burn in my legs or my lungs. I had forgotten my watch and so was just running by feel – probably not pushing as hard as I should have, but I enjoyed taking in the awesome views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding area.
The downhills were a blast. Scary, but fun. I just let it roll and tried not to wipe out. It was slick!
I had been steadily passing people the whole race, and worked my way up to 25th place out of 269 finishers by the end. My time was 47:27, my slowest by far, but I came away satisfied with the effort and very glad to have made the trip. It was an absolute joy to be racing pain-free again for the first time in over two years. I had seriously forgotten what it’s like. Look out 2011.