2010 Gumbo Flats 10K
Saturday I ran one of my favorite races on my calendar – the 2010 Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run in Chesterfield, MO. There really is nothing special about the run. It is pancake flat. Just a simple out and back through a business park and a small airport runway. What sets it apart is the fantastic spread provided after the race (Naturally, the best part of a race is the food afterward) and the atmosphere. I just really enjoy this race and 10K is my favorite distance.
I am in the middle of marathon training and with a sub 4:00 marathon goal, I have been running faster lately and my weekly mileage has been way up. All this should lead to a pretty good 10K… and it did. Going into the race I wanted to at least beat my 53:41 from the previous year (also note the 57:48 from 2008. My 1st 10K ever… literally). I was shooting for 52 with an 8:30 pace. 50:00 didn’t even cross my mind UNTIL I saw 34:00 on my watch around the 4 mile mark then it was go time. I was soooo close. Finished in 50:09. Very pleased and happy with my progress over the last 2 years of running.
My splits were 8:12, 8:19, 8:17,8:13, 7:51,7:24, and 6:56 for the .2. I was aiming for an 8:30 pace, but I’ve come to realize, I don’t have an 8:30 pace. I have an 8:15 or an 8:45, but nothing in between. I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to settle into the 8:15-ish and go for it. Glad I did.
As a parting note, there was one giant disappointment. While they did have Chick-fil-a, they didn’t have the mini breakfast sandwiches (see this and this for reference). Just the nuggets. Boo!!!! I had to settle for nuggets, a slice of pizza, a BBQ pulled pork sandwich and a brownie. I suppose I’ll let it slide this year…