Way back when on June 18, I ran the Louisville Y’s “Soar Into Summer” 10K. Mother Nature definitely wanted to emphasize that “summer” part like she tends to do every year for this race. I haven’t done this particular race in several years, but it is inevitable that this race usually corresponds with a warm and humid day which makes the already challenging 10K course a wee bit harder. 2016’s edition was no different as the 8:45 AM start equated to 74 degrees, sunny, and humid. I do believe I declared something like “Screw this, I’m just using this as a workout” to my Mom before we started.
The race field was relatively small, so the runners quickly spread out. I was running by another male runner for the first 2 miles and then he fizzled out behind me and I found myself running alone. In a 10k. Which I hate. I could feel my body temperature slowly rising and I actually took nearly all the water stops (which I never do).
It truly felt like I was out on my long run because my legs could not be willed to run any faster. So I pretended that’s what I was doing. At just a little faster pace than long run pace. I slogged through each mile remembering to save just a bit of energy for the last mile which would be out in full sun and would involve an uphill finish. I think the finishing temperature was somewhere around 78 degrees. Poopsicles.
Final Finish: 46:28
1st Female OA
Self Assigned Award for Most Photogenic I’ve Ever Looked at A Race. NOT.
Pros: I was pleasantly surprised with the awards post-race, I got a nice gift certificate to Second Sole and the medals for Overall and Age Group winners were very high quality and nice. I’m not used to seeing medals like those unless I do bigger races (usually involving a half or marathon in their distances). The race tshirts were wicking and there was a ladies option of sizing which fits perfect. The post-race food may or may not have involved donuts and I may or may not have crammed that into my mouth while simultaneously downing a Gatorade. The course was definitely challenging, but well marked and with many enthusiastic volunteers.
Cons: I am not one of these people that enjoys running in the heat. So…much…sweat. Your forehead is not supposed to look like a saltlick. The uphill finish. Who designs a race finish up a hill?
Overall, it was a good race experience and even though I always tell myself how much I hate running this race because of the heat, I’m sure I’ll find my way back to this one again another year because it really is well executed.