2014 Goals, Fitness, Running

360 Spring Ahead 10K

Today I ran the 360 Spring Ahead 10K trail run. This was my first trail race, and it was a lot of fun to mix things up. The trails weren’t technically difficult, as the race went through the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve which is mostly turf and limestone trails, but I still liked the variation of terrain. The forest preserves are around every corner in Chicagoland, and it’s one of my favorite aspects of living here. I always have a new place to explore on foot!

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Hubs and Pup joined me at the race, and I loved tossing the Frisbee with them to warm up. It was way more fun than standing in the chilly morning air trying to stretch my cold muscles!

The race started on the road which led us over the highway and to the forest preserve. There we ran two loops in the park and then turned back to the road for the final stretch.

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Luckily the weather cooperated and it was a pleasant day to run!

I set a new 10K PR today of 59:42! I’m thrilled to have broken the 1 hour mark in the 10K. It’s 3 minutes faster than my Arbor Day 10K, and I’ll take every second I can get. A PR is a PR!

Hubs and Pup waited for me near the finish line, and they snapped this pick of me just after mile 6. I'm glad to see I was still landing on my midfoot and not heel-striking!
Hubs and Pup waited for me near the finish line, and they snapped this pick of me just after mile 6. I’m glad to see I was still landing on my midfoot and not heel-striking!

For each race I set an intention (something I picked up from my weekly yoga classes). For this race I wanted to take what I learned from the Good Form Running Clinic and implement two things: a quicker cadence and swinging my arms parallel to my body (and not across the center of my chest). I’m happy to report that my average cadence was 167 steps/minute. According to the clinic the ideal spm is 180. I’m making progress – yes!

Post race Millie and I posed for a quick photo. We're not very good at coordinating eye contact with the camera at the same time!
Post race Millie and I posed for a quick photo. We’re not very good at coordinating eye contact with the camera at the same time – ha! (PS – Like my sweat new running leggings? A big thanks to my awesome mother-in-law for what I now call my “hot pants!”

I really loves when Hubs is able to come to races. When running it makes me smile to know that there’s someone waiting for me at the finish line. I feel so blessed to have such a supportive partner. Hubs and Millie spent some quality time under a big tree near the finish line. Pup had a big morning (chasing the Frisbee, reading with Hubs and meeting a bajillion new people), that she barely made it into the car before passing out #adorbs.

What a love!
What a love!

I’ve now completed 5 of my 14 races for 2014. I’m glad to be “on track” with a minimum of one per month!

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8 thoughts on “360 Spring Ahead 10K”

  1. Nice job girl and fabulous pictures!! You and Millie are so freaking adorable!!! What a pair!!! I’m so proud of you!! Wow, you’re an incredibly hard worker!!! Awesome!!!

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