Heart of Ghent 10K

23 Sep

Good Sunday to ya!  I hope the weekend treated you well!

On Saturday, as promised, I ran in the Heart of Ghent 10K.  It was a perfect morning for a race.  I got there early because I didn’t know how parking would be.  This was a good idea because where I wanted to park was roped off.  The people of Ghent (at least those parked on Colley) obviously didn’t get the memo and there were tickets a plenty flappin’ in the wind.  Ooops.

My outfit:

See, I even got two of the same shoe this time!  I had originally planned on wearing a long-sleeved pull over, but it was pretty warm so I nixed it and left it in the car.  Nice matching outfit righ?  Oh well.  I had to wear something Michigan since it was a game day and I didn’t  have any other shirts washed…  So pink with blue it is!

My plan for the race was to run a mile, walk a mile.  I did pretty much this and stuck with it.  I ran mile 1, walked 2…  It worked out pretty well and I felt good!  My mantra for the race?

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The race course took you through the different little neighborhoods in Ghent.  It was neat to run past the old houses and see things I hadn’t noticed just driving by. 

After the race there was YNot Pizza, Moes, and O’Connor beer.  I went for pepperoni pizza and Green Can Ale.  A very good choice if I do say so myself.  Who says 9:35 is too early for pizza and beer!?

Francena McCorory was also there.  She’s in her “off-season”  She was very nice and was taking pictures with everybody.  I got her autograph and got to touch the gold medal.  Oooo.  It’s super heavy and very pretty.

I would do this race again.  For being its first year it was very well organized, had a great course, and wonderful food.  Drawbacks?  The course was dead.  I mean super quiet.  I don’t need throngs of people cheering me on, but a couple of people here and there wouldn’t have hurt.  Also the shirts were remarkably small.  I had checked for a medium, but when I picked up my packet they said they were running small and bumped up to a large.  I tried the shirt on today….I felt like I was wearing a shirt from Baby Gap.

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