Trinity River Levee Run – Race Recap

When my alarm when off at 5 am this morning, I was so not feeling it. Waking up early to run, again? No thanks. I laid my head back on my pillow and told myself to go back to sleep. Instead of sleeping, I started thinking about the race I was supposed to run, the shirts, how cool the location was. I (very slowly) got up and put on my running clothes. Off to the 10k I went!

I realized when I got to the race site that  I didn’t have my Garmin with me. (I forgot it! How is that even possible?) I wasn’t feeling the idea of running with zero idea of my pace, time, or distance, so I scrambled to figure out the Runkeeper App on my phone. I had never used it before and didn’t know how reliable it’d be, but I figured it was better than nothing.

Right at 8 am the race started, and the huge crowd took off. The first portion of the race goes over the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which I loved. It was really wide (room for everyone to spead out!) and it was gorgeous to see up close.

I noticed lots of people stopping on the bridge to take pictures. It was kind of annoying when they’d stop right in front of me, but because I had no idea how fast I was going anyway, I just brushed it off and kept going.

About a mile in, Stephen called me. It was such a bummer to see his number on my phone and know that I couldn’t talk to him. I wish that I had just pulled over to the side and chatted with him for an hour or two. Race schmace. But when my phone rang, I didn’t think that fast. I talked to him for just a moment to say that I couldn’t talk. Whomp whomp.

The majority of the race felt very quiet. I didn’t have my music with me, I didn’t how fast I was going, and I’ve started to get very used to talking to people when I run. I was tempted to strike up a conversation or two with my fellow runners, but I didn’t want to throw anyone off their game since it was a race. It was just me and my thoughts.

Half a mile or so from the finish, we were back at the bridge. This time we had to run uphill (boo), and I was tired. The one thing that got me through it: knowing that it wasn’t as bad as any of the Austin hills. (Seriously, if you need a confidence booster, go run hills in Austin. It will make you think you are a badass.)

Once I got on the bridge, I knew that the end was near. Just a bit of flat running, followed by a sweet downhill right to the finish. I sprinted my little heart out.

My Stats (according to Runkeeper):

  • 6.28 mile finish time: 53:27
  • Average pace: 8:31

It turns out, my Runkeeper finish time was exactly the same as my chip time. I guess it is reliable! Those white bars, they allow you to see your average pace for every single minute. Cray-cray. I’ll definitely be busting out this bad boy again.

This also means, I have a new 10k PR! Not bad for a race that I didn’t even want to run.*

6 thoughts on “Trinity River Levee Run – Race Recap

  1. Wow girl, you are getting FAST! Congrats on your PR. I love how we can have great races on the days where we don’t even feel like running. It’s such a happy surprise. Way to go!

  2. Great job! What a tough mid-race decision, though. That’s the one bad part about using your phone for timing and pacing, I think.

  3. I love that bridge! And yay on the new PR! Go on wit yo bad self!🙂

  4. Yeah, you totally ran your 10k in just about the time I ran 4.5 miles yesterday. Maybe some day I can be awesome like you! Great job!!

    Oh, and in the future, do you think you’ll “accidentally forget” your Garmin watch again to see if you do just as well, or put 5000 sticky notes everywhere you look so you DON’T forget it again?!

  5. Congrats on your PR!!! That is so great — you are getting so speedy!!

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