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Race Report: Carytown 10k

Written By: der5er - May• 18•09

Alternate Title: I don’t Like Running in the Rain

Although, I may have to rethink that.

Yesterday was the Carytown 10k.  This was the 5th running of this new Carytown tradition, hosted by the Richmond Road Runners Club. I showed up very early, race time was 8:00 AM, and I arrived a little before 7:00 AM.  I didn’t have time on Friday or Saturday to pick up my number, race bag, and T-shirt, so I had to check in before the race.  This is probably a good thing, because Friday and Saturday pick-ups were held in the Roadrunner Running Store where I surely would have spent some money!

After picking up my race stuff, I headed back to my car to stash everything and make final preparations for the race that was now just a little under an hour away, and then it began.  It had been sprinkling and lightly raining all morning, but this that was coming down now, that would actually qualify as a scattered storm, I think.  I sat in my truck, adjusting my race number so it was straight, thinking, “The entry fee was only $20.  I’m NOT running in this rain.”

It’s probably also a good thing that we had that little 15 minute downpour.  The next 15 minutes, it still rained, but it was back to the sprinkling and light rain from before.  Which, now, doesn’t seem so bad.  I could run in this, “but I’m not going to like it.” I told myself.

At 7:30 it was time for the kids run.  This event had a half mile kids run which, if it hadn’t been at 7:30, Cooper and Sarah would have enjoyed.  All the kids there got a medal, which is surprising since registration for the kids run was free!

Pretty soon after most of the kids finished, the race officials started calling all runners to the start line.  There were no corrals like the bigger races, but I think they’re getting close.  According to their website, 1175 runners showed up, a number I’m sure was low due to the rain.

At 8:00, we began the race.  It only took me about a minute and a half to make it to the start line, which isn’t bad for a race this size.  The course is, compared to what most local runners train on, a flat course.  I think there were a couple of good hills in there, but they were the kind of hills that sneak up on you.  You know, you’ve run half way up this long steady incline before you realize there’s even an incline.  The majority of the race course is spent on Cary St and Grove St.  Both of these streets are beautiful, and there are some historic properties along them.  I took lots of beautiful pictures — in my mind.  With the steady rain and possibility of another storm, I decided to leave my camera behind for this race.

I had a great morning despite the rain.  Maybe I should say because of the rain?  I normally hate even the thought of running in the rain.  I had set out with a goal of 52:00 minutes or better, to beat my Monument Ave time (52:08).  I had a steady pace going for the whole run, and crossed the half way point at about 26:00 minutes.  I knew at that point I’d have to pick up the pace a little bit, or at least push harder to make my goal time.  I blew away my goal by a full minute and some change, coming in at 50:50!  I’m really stoked by this, and I can’t wait to tell Jeff that I beat his Monument Ave time by 8 seconds.  He no longer gets to brag!racechart

After the race, the award ceremony wasn’t until 10:00.  I was tired so I ate the provided half bagel and banana, drank some water, and headed for my truck.

Since I didn’t take any pictures during the race, I went out this morning and ran a couple miles looking for a good picture to put with this post.  Here’s what I came up with, using the camera’s self-timer and a bridge railing for a tripod.dscf1417The camera didn’t focus on me and it seems point and shoot cameras don’t like to focus on leaves.  So, I’m not very happy with how blurry the shot turned out.  You can see, however, that I’m so proud of yesterday’s result, I’m still wearing my timing chip in my right shoe (orange tag above my toes).

The official race photographer, Total Photography, has posted their pictures online.  I haven’t had a chance to look through them yet, but my race number was 1184 if you’re searching for me.

In the end, I’m glad I decided to run in the rain.  I may take the opportunity to do that more often in the future.

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  1. Jason Yu says:


    I ran the Carytown 10K too, I had to restrain myself from checking out the shoewall when I picked up my packet on a Saturday. I couldn’t look to my left at all. Ha glad you did well. Are there pictures from the race?? I survived after running the Mud Run and 10K Scramble.

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