Best Road Race by a Dam Site 10K
July 4, 2015 — Alma, NE
Nice little 10K in Alma, NE — officially my new favorite town in Nebraska. Population of just under 1,200, but lots of cool things in this town. Really enjoyable course, too.
I haven’t been able to run a 10K hard in ages, and knew I wouldn’t be able to here. I really just wanted to have fun with it, and maybe even manage semi-consistent splits. The 5K had probably 120 or so people, while the 10K had just 33. The top two 10Kers were both females. They were blazing. Not only did they beat everyone else, but they did it by quite a wide margin. They had to both be sub-40, for sure. My 10K PR is 39:57.
I went out with a 6:59 first mile. That was an accident. I was hoping to keep all my splits in the 7s. I knew it’d be tough in the last 2-3 miles as I have been running longer, sloooooow runs, and sub-8 feels really fast to me lately. Gotta fix that. But I was able to avoid the 8s on the day, so that was good.
My splits — 6:59, 7:05, 7:25, 7:31, 7:54, 7:56
Slower each mile, but all under 8-per, and a top 10 finish. Considering my lack of hard running the past year-plus, I’ll take it.
Kami finished 25th overall with a time of 58:54. It was her fourth 10K, and her second fastest. She was also a bit concerned with lack of “fastness” lately, and was unsure what to expect. But she did awesome, as I expected she would.
All in all, it was a fun, small-town race event. They also had a pretty cool parade. We had lunch in the park with, stopped at a local dessert shop and I even had a Dad’s Root Beer from a local grocery. It was definitely a nice, old-timey Independence Day for Team Mead.