This past weekend was the 11th Ukrops Monument Ave. 10k. I’ve wanted to do this the last few years, but never got around to it, until this year. While I really wanted to run the whole thing, I was happy to just finish it.
I started training a little bit late, towards the end of January. I was starting to get up to speed, but towards the beginning of March, I started feeling a lot of pain and had to back down on my training. But last week, I managed to do my own personal 10k on Thursday, 2 days before the actual race.
Saturday morning I got up quite early, met up with friends, and headed down to VCU (where the race was starting). I ran into a few friends, saw a bunch of interesting people, and then got ready to start. I moved down from my running group down to the fastest walking/jogging group.
I was amazed by just the number of people there. For as far as you could see up and down Monument, people were everywhere. I posted a little to twitter during the race, as well as took a few pictures along the way. Towards the end I decided to pick up the pace and finish the last mile and a half running. My final time was just over 90 minutes.
Overall, I can’t wait to do this again, and do better. But even with what I did do, I managed to loose a few pounds, get into a good rhythm of going to the gym, and finishing something I had not done before. Im going to keep up with my workouts (except for obsessing about the distance), and hope to do much better next year.