This race was a last minute decision. I had went to the Louisville Landsharks board meeting the Thursday before the race, and a fellow board member said he had a bib he couldn’t use cause he was heading out of town. I said I’d run in his place.
I had been kind of already training for this race, even though it sold out before I was able to buy an entry. Now, I had an entry, and didn’t even have to pay for it. I also had no pressure to do well. I just wanted to go enjoy the run, since I had never done this race before. Not only that, it was a new course for the 2011 race. Previously, it had gone through the same hilly park as the Papa Johns 10 Miler. Now, it was a flat “easy” course.
I met up with the Landsharks group at the Slugger ball field for some pre-race pics. Then we headed up to the starting line (B corral). The weather was nice and cool to start. Beautiful day to race. We waited between 5-10 minutes to start.
When we finally heard the gun, we took off working our way through the crowd. I started following Mike, letting him lead the way. Around mile 1, he dropped me. It was fine, I didn’t expect to run with him. I just settled into my groove, and was just thankful to be out there getting some exercise. I felt good early, and stayed strong. We ran through downtown Louisville, but I didn’t really pay attention to where I was most of the time. I was kinda just people watching, and enjoying my morning.
At about Mile 6, I still felt good with my pace. I was holding on to 8:30 easily, my breathing was easy, and my legs felt good. So I just kept going. We made our way through Churchhill Downs, and headed back downtown. Miles 7, 8, and 9, were fine, but I could tell I was starting to get fatigued. I started taking in Poweraide at the aid stations (yuck) to try and keep my energy up. Miles 10 and 11, I walked during the aid stations to make sure I got Poweraide and water at each. My pace had slowed significantly, but only have a few blocks until we hit Main Street. Once on Main Street, I picked it back up, knowing I only had about a half mile to the finish. I finished strong, and got my PR.