No? Riiight... See because only crazy people do that.
I had thought about doing both, but ended up deciding that with as little as I'd been running lately, the 10k would be plenty challenging, especially because I would try and break my personal record time of 58:07, recorded during a training run for The Franklin Half Marathon this past June. My previous personal best time recorded during a race was 1:04:38, which I ran during the 2013 Fifth Third River Bank Run.
And so, when I showed up the morning of the Franklin Classic, rising before the dawn, my intention was to run the 10k, say hi to some friends, and be out of there and back home, showered and napping before everyone else finished the 5k.
Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men...
I got there early enough and check-in ran smoothly enough that I still had about 45 minutes before the race. I wandered around, snapping a few photos, and appreciated how well organized everything was. Start2Finish was putting this race on and I've never been disappointed with what a tremendous job they do. Everything was well signed, very organized, and the volunteers were very pleasant and helpful.
The pace at the front end felt a little fast, but I tried not to worry about it as I set off, hoping that a residual injury from when I broke my leg wouldn't give me any trouble. It had been acting up lately, but usually not until the end of my runs, so I figured I'd push through until it became an issue.
The 10k course wasn't horrible; in fact, it was pretty nice. Mostly rolling hills (it's impossible to find a flat course in Tennessee) and beautiful countryside. Nothing as intense as the hills in my half marathon, and my hill training made it so I continued to push past others who stopped to walk the ascents.
I still felt fairly strong coming in to the finish line, and although my old injury was acting up, I pushed myself to a strong finish.
I thought I'd kept a fairly good pace throughout the race, never creeping up much past a pace of 9:30 and not slowing down for water stations or hills.
I was pretty sure I was going to beat my goal.
So I was fairly disappointed when the race clock showed me coming in closer to an hour. And a quick glance at my watch total time showed me at 59:35. DANGIT.
I still beat my best "race time" but I was upset with myself.
A woman approached me and asked "Do you want my 5k bib?"
I guess I looked like I needed/wanted/could run more?
And while I hadn't been planning on running, when someone hands you a free race bib, I did what any crazy runner would do. I TOOK IT AND RAN.
Ok, not ran. Hobbled. I was hurting pretty bad at this point. But I told myself, the pain was mostly stiffness from not moving and the 5k would be a good way to get the muscles moving again before getting in to my car to drive home. After all, it was only another 3.1 miles... I could totally do that.
Overall, not a 5k for the record books, but it definitely helped relieve some of the stiffness and soreness from the leg.
The best part of running the 5k though was being able to watch one particular group of individuals who were also participating. This group was the Amputee Blade Runners. This non profit organization helps provide amputees with running blades so that they can continue to run. It was amazing to see so many of them out participating in both the 5k and 10k race that day. Young kids, teenagers, and adults alike, walking and running the course and proving to the world, and presumably themselves, that they too could participate in this awesome sport of running that we all love so much. As the tee shirt of one young girl said:
NO FEET? NO EXCUSES.