Race Recap: Hudsonville Eagle 5k/10k

I had 11 miles on my training plan for today, so as part of my run, I did a 5k and a 10k out in Hudsonville, a suburb about 15 or so minutes outside of Grand Rapids.  The proceeds of the race support the Hudsonville Athletic Boosters, and since I have a few people in my life that play sports for Hudsonville, I decided to register.  Since the races would only put me at 9.3 miles (you know, only 9.3 miles), I did 1.7 miles to warm up and round it out my mileage.

A few years ago, I lived in Hudsonville for a year and a half or so, and these races were right in the same part of town I lived in, so that was fun!  I didn’t want to drive out there just for packet pick-up last night, so I made sure to get there early to get my race bib this morning.  The start and end of the course, along with morning-of packet pick-up, was at the high school.  There was no signage around the building, so it took a bit to find where I needed to go in the building.  I finally found it, got ready to race, and did my warm-up miles before it was time to start.

The 5k course was pretty straightforward.

Eagle 5k

I was feeling really great during the 5k.  I wanted to run faster than I did, but knew I had to hold back so I would have something left for the 10k.  After crossing the finish line the first time, I grabbed some water and a piece of a bagel, did a little stretching, and really just tried to keep moving so I would be ready to go when the 10k started about 15 minutes later.

The 10k course was a bit more confusing.  There were three out and back sections which I was really not a fan of.  In such a small race (only sixty runners total), it was a bit discouraging to be heading back on those sections, and realize there were only three or four runners behind me.  Two of which who passed me by the end.  Not to mention, out and backs can be a bit monotonous, especially that many of them in a residential area.

Eagle 10k

Also, you see that stretch on Highland that is a part of both courses?  Yep, one big, long hill. By the time I hit it the second time, I was seriously dragging.  When the runners were waiting for the 10k to start, I overheard someone saying “this is a brutal course for a 10k” – not quite what a girl wants to hear before starting a race, especially when it’s the end of 11 miles total!  I cringed inside, and tried to tell myself he was exaggerating (he wasn’t so much).  Along with that last hill on Highland, there were a couple other pretty decent sized hills throughout the 10k course, with a long, slow incline.      My friend, Kelly, came to cheer me on and she was right near the end of that last hill – just when I needed to see a friendly face to get me through the last mile so!

They had some pretty great finish line refreshments for this race – the usual water, granola bars, and fruit, but they also had pizza and ice cream!  A lukewarm slice of cheese pizza has never tasted quite as good as it did after 11 miles.

According to my chip time, I finished the 5k in 31:08 (10:03 pace) and the 10k in 1:04:34 (10:25 pace).  The 10k marks a HUGE PR for me.  My current PR is the 2011 Tulip Time Run at 1:10:14.  I’m slightly skeptical about the results for both races because according to my Garmin, both courses were short, with the 5k at 3 miles and the 10k at 6 miles.  There was a timing mat at the finish line, but not at the start, so I don’t know if that was part of the problem, or of it was along the course itself.  Not to mention, my splits from my Garmin don’t match up to fit my chip times.  I mean, I doubt that I had a 10:03 pace for the 5k when I didn’t have a single mile at that pace.  Even with the 10k being short, if I were to add a couple minutes to reach the 6.2 miles, it would still be a PR!  I’m definitely still owning the PR, but it wasn’t quite as major as it appears at first glance.

  • Mile 1:  10:17
  • Mile 2:  10:32
  • Mile 3:  10:11
  • Mile 4:  10:27
  • Mile 5:  10:16
  • Mile 6:  10:33
  • Mile 7:  10:35
  • Mile 8:  10:41
  • Mile 9:  10:55
  • Mile 10:  11:29
  • Mile 11:  10:40

Overall, I finished 11 miles in 1:56:42 (10:36 pace)!!  This is the part where I’m really happy because when I did my 10 mile long run a couple weeks ago, I finished in 1:51:09. This was a really great improvement!  Having the race atmosphere definitely helped me pace, so I’ll be curious to see how I handle my 12 mile run next weekend.

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