The race has a 5K, 10K, and Double Bling Challenge where you can run that 5K at 8am and the 10K at 9am. You get a finisher's medal for the 5K and 10K. If you opt for the Double Bling Challenge you'll get an additional medal for completing both races. The 5K course is a loop and out and back and finishes in the Marina where the boats are docked. The 10K is a loop course through the Barefoot Resort neighborhoods and also finishes in the Marina.
Training has been going well since starting with Philip. I like his philosophy and looking forward to getting stronger and faster under him. He knows what he's doing and I highly recommend him if you are looking to improve your times and/or feel stuck in a rut with your current training. Anyways, I wanted to test my fitness and see how I was progressing and was thankful I got the opportunity to finally do the BFF Pink Ribbon Run. I chose to do the 10K because it's still one of my favorite distances.
The weather was nice for a race. It was cloudy, breezy, and temperature in the mid 70s. I did a scoop of Generation UCAN about 40 minutes before the start of the race. I've been using UCAN in my training and I like it! No stomach issues with it and plenty of slow burning complex carbohydrates to fuel my runs and it has no added sugar. I've ran 17 miles on just two scoops of UCAN and water before my run and felt great with plenty of energy throughout the run. I headed out for an easy 2 miles warm-up run after doing my dynamic strething. I found my friend Molly Nunn and warmed up with her. She was doing the double bling challenge and won the 5K in 18:25. She's fast and awesome and I was glad she was able to come. We did an easy 2 miles before making our way over for the 10K start at 9am.
The road pavement was smooth and flat. No crown where it slopes down from the middle of the road to the sides. It was great to race on. I ran the first mile in 6:04. I kept my effort and pace even and kept clicking off the miles. The course went through the neighborhoods of Barefoot Resort and it was really nice and pretty. The first half of the course was pretty shady too and the clouds helped keep it a little cooler. I ran miles two through four in 6:03, 6:04, and 6:08. I was staying consistent but was also feeling a little tired. I did a couple looks over my shoulder around some of the gentle turns and noticed Molly was behind me. I know she has faster PRs than me but I wanted to hold her off since she was doing the 5K and 10K and I was only running the 10K.
I opted to wear the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante for the race. That shoe has been growing on me. I've used it for a track workout and intervals on the greenway and I like it more than I used to. I had to wear my North Carolina flag singlet for a race in South Carolina!
This is a well organized and supported race. Everything was great. They even had free race photos they uploaded to their Facebook page. It is a beautiful loop course instead of your typical out and back. Dawn White and her volunteers put on a first class event. I highly recommend doing this race.