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The Parkway Classic 10 Miler (2017)
It is still dark, but I feel the vibration of my phone, (my quiet alarm). I tiptoe into the bathroom while my loved ones are still dreaming. Get dressed – my race outfit was already laid out the night before. I grab an applesauce on my way out, and sneak quietly off, to the start of the race.
The sun is starting to rise as I arrive. It is still pretty cold, so I wait until the very last minute to strip down out of my sweats, and check my back – my race outfit perfectly on, my bib number already pinned to my Oiselle singlet. I use body glide one last time as a precaution.
Five minutes to spare, bag is checked, so I hustle to my corral.
The gun goes off, and my feet leap over the start, as my garmin goes on.
I hear thousands of quick feet pound the pavement, as I turn on my iTunes playlist.
The views are breathtaking.
A canopy of green trees shade us as we go down hill.
The sun shines on the river making it sparkle as we go up hill.
These hills are rolling but mild, so they actually help my legs turn over faster.
It is such an amazing feeling, running fast, on a beautiful spring day, with a couple thousand of other runners.
Before I know it, I’m approaching Old Town, mile 8-9.
Up a hill, down a hill, and a sprint to the finish.
I hear my name announced as I cross the finish line.
A volunteer places a finisher’s medal around my neck.
Official time – 1:23:46.
- Support Community
- Race a new and different 10 Miler
The Parkway Classic is one of my favorite races, and I run it most years. However, this year 2018, I won’t be able to run it… I have two good reasons though, 1- I’ll be at my sister’s wedding. 2- I will be 4 weeks postpartum cuddling a new born, and won’t even be cleared by my doctor to exercise yet. However, supporting the running community is very important to me, so even though I won’t be in town for this one, I do plan to watch and cheer at more races from the sidelines.
And just because I won’t be able to race this one, the 10 mile distance is one of my favorites to race and I know I can go faster. So as of now I’m on the look out for a different new 10 miler. I hope I find one as rejuvenating and refreshing as The Parkway Classic.
And as for the Parkway Classic… I can’t wait to race you many times again in the future.
What’s your favorite race distance? Have you ever ran the Parkway Classic?