I was searching for local races in the Nashville area and found one put on by Nashville Striders called the RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival 10 Mile Race. The race was June 15 and that meant I only had 2 weeks to train. My mileage was already up. About 3 weeks prior to the race I ran a 12 miler and I ran 10 miles twice before the race. The race is described as very hilly and usually very hot. I knew I would finish the race but I didn't know what kind of pace I could keep because of the hot, southern heat and all those hills! Luckily, since moving to Nashville, I have tried to acclimate to the heat and my usual running route is pretty hilly.
The race was in historic Bell Buckle, TN. It's such a cute, old, little town.
I got up at 4:00 a.m. before the race. I had coffee, ate breakfast, and was out the door by 5:00. I was in Bell Buckle in an hour and the race started at 7:00 a.m.
The temperature was high 60's at the start but it warmed up fast. The route was, like described, very hilly! Here's the breakdown...
Mile 1: 7:34
Mile 2: 7:37
Mile 3: 7:53
Mile 4: 7:47
Mile 5: 8:26 <--this big="" font="" had="" hill.="" mile="" the="">
Mile 6: 7:30
Mile 7: 7:28
Mile 8: 7:45
Mile 9: 7:48
Mile 10: 7:31
Results by age group (I was 4th in my age group): Results
Did they have RC Cola and Moon Pies for the runners afterwards? Yes. Did I eat any? No way! I did, however, have a popsicle, some orange juice, lots of water, and a protein shake. It was a great race and I had fun!
Happy Running my friends!