A few weeks back, I mentioned starting to train and sign up for a 10k race in Cleveland, so I could run when I was visiting my sister up there. Well, based on some advice from my doctor, I have been sidelined for a few weeks from the racing scene, so I wasn’t able to start (or finish) the race. I’ll fill ya in a few weeks once I get some resolve from my doctor’s appointments ;). I did, however, go and watch my sister win 1st in her age group!
The race was at the South Mastick picnic area, which is a beautiful area and perfect spot for a local 10k. We really didn’t know what to expect when we showed up, but did assume the race would be on the smaller side. We were right! There were about 120 people in all, so it was a perfect local race.
The neat thing about this race was that it was all on a bridle path through the park, so it was all soft, dirty surface, hence the name, the Dirty Rocks 10k. What made it even more interesting is that rained pretty hard the night before, and was still raining the morning of, so it was a little bit on the muddy side. Once the gun went off for those racing, I went on my own and got in about 45 minutes on the paved trail. Earlier in the week, Brooks was nice enough to send me a new pair of Brooks Ghosts and the new LSD jacket, which were both perfect for the run.
The LSD jacket is crazy light, so it wasn’t going to heat me up like crazy. It’s water-resistant and windproof as well, so it couldn’t have been a better option for a rainy Cleveland morning. I didn’t feel bogged down by the jacket, and could easily take it off if it stopped raining. It actually folds up into a pocket, so its super compactable. I really like this jacket and think it will be perfect for our very mild fall and winter here in Florida.
As for the shoes, the Brooks Ghost are ones I have ran in before, and I was really happy with the new modifications with the very breathable upper and the extremely flexible crashpad. Since I usually run in the Glycerins, I noticed the ghosts were a very comparable ride, and I wasn’t diappointed. They are super comfortable and the colors of the shoe are so fun! It’s actually navy, not black, so I am a huge fan! I have been all about the navy lately!
I went out on the path for about 22 minutes, then turned around so I could get back for the finish of the 10k! My sister was neck and neck with a fellow competitor right until the end, and did a great job on the course!
Like I mentioned before, she earned her very first age group award, and first place at that!
I was bummed to have not been able to run in the race, but loved seeing my sister kick major butt! Hopefully I’ll get the all clear so we can run another race again soon!