The Dot to Dot 10k, which is the first race of the Heartland 30k series, is over and done, and I’m here to tell you all about it. Friday, I picked up my packet at KC Running Co, which also included the shirt for the 30k series. It rained about the time I was going to bed, so I was anxious to see what kind of weather we would have for race morning. The weather ended up being cool for the race, but muggy and damp too.
Amy and I got to the race, which was at Corporate Woods, about 35 minutes before the 7:30am race start. We had plenty of time to check out the port-o-potties and walk around before the race started. We met up with Mark and made our way to the corral about 10 minutes before the race started.
I didn’t really know much about this race before signing up for the series, or even before race morning. The race is to benefit pediatric brain tumor research. The race directors said a few words about Paulina Cooper, who is the little girl the race was named for, which was touching, and a nice touch to inform people, like me, who didn’t really know much about why the race is here, and what it’s all about. So many times you just sign up to race for the medal, the chance to race and PR, etc, and don’t really think about the charity it is sponsoring, so it was really nice to learn a little something about it.
The race itself was a 5k and 10k, with the 10k looping around the 5k course twice. Personally, I don’t really like looped courses, because it sure is hard to make yourself run around again after you’ve seen the finish line! It was nice to see all the 5k runners with the 10k runners, as we all started at the same time. The damp, cool, muggy weather was not completely ideal, but I was very happy that it wasn’t a typical August hot and humid morning.
I walked more than I should have (which is NONE!)… but overall, I managed a 2+ minute PR on my 10k time. I think I let the looped course get to me, and I’ve also had some weird back tightness, which did bother me during the race as well. With 2 more 10k’s to go in this series, I have my fingers crossed that I can maybe knock another minute or two off my time!
Met back up with Amy after the race for our traditional finish line photo. We also drank some chocolate milk, and had a few bites of bagel. There was a spread of food after the race, which was a bit surprising because it wasn’t a huge race. Post race grub included pizza, bagels, bananas, oranges, chocolate milk, water, and strawberry banana smoothie samples.
My chiropractor will be happy to know that Amy and I came back to my house and foam rolled after the race. Bonus points, Dr. Shabel? I put my medal up, and put my bib in my bib book. Overall, I’m pleased with the race, it was very well run, the volunteers were great, and I’m now 1/3 done with the Heartland 30k series!