Yesterday I ran the Women Run the Cities 10 mile race at Minnehaha Park. It was an all women’s race and there was also a 1 mile kid run, 5k, and 10k race options. The route was pretty cool – ran throughout Minnehaha Park and then along the Mississippi River. I definitely saw some places I would like to return to photograph once the fall leaves are in full color.
It was a pretty warm morning in terms of racing weather – 60 and sunny! But luckily most of the race was pretty shaded. Overall, I felt this race went better than my 10k race the other weekend.
KT Tape and Compression Sleeves
I bought and used KT tape for the first time to help with the knee/leg pain I’ve been having.
I think it helped! I also wore my compression sleeves so maybe it was a combination of the two. I only used the KT tape on the outside of my knee/leg to help with the outer knee pain but then my inner knee was hurting during the race so next time I might try the whole knee support method.
Race Comments and Notes
About 2 miles in I saw a man holding a large, fluffy white dog like a child – the dog had his 4 legs wrapped around the man and both were watching the race. I laughed out loud. I wish I could’ve taken a picture (and I seriously considered stopping to do so).
Women love to talk! I used to run with one of my good friends back home and I know we would chat while running (except when it was really hot and then we just powered through silently) but this all women’s race really took it to a new level. The race was also very crowded so the course was also packed pretty tightly for a while. I like to run with one headphone in for music and the other ear open in case I need to get out of someone’s way. But at times I couldn’t stand listening to the incredibly boring conversations going on around me so I would put the second headphone in.
Since it was an all women’s race, it was great to see all the men that came out to support their girlfriends, wives, sisters, daughters, mothers, friends, etc.
The course was extra long and I hate when this happens. I use the Nike running app to track my running and it informed me that mile 9 was really 9.3 miles. Now, I also stop the app tracking once I hit my goal distance so I can record that time so I am not sure how long the course actually was but it was at least 10.3 miles if not a little longer. I know it doesn’t sound like much but when you’re ready for it to be over, it is! I thought about walking once my app said I hit 10 miles but then you know people would be like “keep going!” “you can do it!” and I would want to say “I already did it!”.
We got a lovely medal at the end that I will add to my collection. I love race medals almost more than I love race t-shirts.
There is nothing like a hot shower post-run/race. Oh man! Absolutely love getting a hot shower and then putting on my compression socks and icing my knee and just relaxing knowing I already got a good run in for the day.
I will write a separate post on race day nutrition, but I had stocked up on PowerGels before this race (and for my future races coming up) so I had 2 gels with me for this race. They were amazing! It’s been a while since I ran a distance that required gels (which isn’t good since I have a half marathon coming up in a couple weeks). Nutrition really does make a huge difference! That little boost of energy, carbs, and caffeine can really give you the push you need. And it gives me something to look forward to. I think “at mile 7 you can have a gel” and it helps me to keep going.
I also came home post-race and drank some Cheribundi tart cherry juice to help start my recovery because I already knew my muscles were going to be SORE.
Overall, this 10 mile race went better than I expected. After my 10k race the other weekend and just having struggled with my half marathon training this time around, I was not sure I was ready to run a 10 miler. There were definitely some aches and pains but nothing too serious. I am hoping this race gives me the mental boost I needed before my next half marathon coming up in October.