Catching up on my blog, I figured I should do a little recap of some recent races. First up: Tar Heel 10 Miler.
This race appealed to me for many reasons:
1. I love a good long distance road race.
2. I love an excuse to go to Chapel Hill.
3. I love having the boyfriend there for moral support.
I had just a month earlier completed the Rock and Roll Half Marathon and was disappointed in my performance. The hills got to me and my calves cramped up bad. I was ready for another challenge.
Anyone who has been to Chapel Hill knows that "Hill" is in the title for a reason. This is NOT a fast course. Mile 8 was coined "Laurel Hill Challenge" as the entire mile is a winding uphill. I was not running this race for a PR, so that didn't bother me. I wanted to feel not only that I took on a challenge, but completed it to the best of my ability. I am happy to say that was the result. I ran 1:28 and had energy to spare.
The EXPO: I went to the EXPO the night before to pick up my race number and T Shirt. This was essentially just in the atrium of a local strip mall. Pros: I was able to get in and out in 5 minutes. Cons: a lot of the fun goodies you can get at EXPOs (samples, merchandise, information booths) were non existent.