22. Run the BolderBoulder 10K
#22 is officially down in the record books. This morning I completed “America’s All-time Best 10K”, the BolderBoulder. Me and 55,000+ others.
It is a very large scale event and I have to say, I was impressed by the overall smoothness. They must have some incredible logistics people working on their team. And as far as me running 6 miles in a row? You know, it really wasn’t that bad. I have to hand it to the old training schedule, which I barely even stuck with. By the end I was taking serious liberties.
Today the weather was perfection. Not to cold or hot, not to wind, lots of sun. The route wasn’t nearly has hilly as I had feared. Jogging with so many other people included the additional challenge of dodging walkers and kids and college boys in ape suits, but it was a welcome distraction. My carefully orchestrated playlist worked really well:
- First, bluegrassy stuff I always jog to… i.e. take it easy, this is no different from any other run.
- Then some tracks off a new alternative CD I just downloaded… i.e. combat boredom with new tunes
- Then 90s hip hop… i.e you really ARE #1. fast tempo! don’t slow down!
- Last of course Hanson… i.e. you got this!
My only complaint was that I needed a couple more hip hop songs to keep up the pace right at the end. Mmmbop came on a little too soon.
My running buddy was Dr J. We’d never actually run together before today but still finished within a minute of each other. Here we are at the starting line:
We conveniently neglected to take any post-race photos. Of course no need because we looked exactly same. Here are my official stats. My finish time was a comfortable 1hr and 13 minutes.
And as for the overall training process? I really enjoyed it. MUCH more than I expected. I noticed a ton of personal improvement along the way. Sure, there were ups and downs (see chart below). My energy level is much higher, and that is worth a lot in my book. A pesky knee injury/problem/weirdness that still won’t completely go away, for example. But I do kind of get what people mean when they say things like “I’m looking forward to a nice long jog this afternoon.” Previously, I just thought they were nuts.
I actually want to stick with it, but I’m not sure I will without a concrete goal. Guess I need to formulate a goal.