A friend of mine recently started running, and I wanted to find a race that we could do together. I figured a 5k would be too easy and a half-marathon might be too soon, but then I stumbled upon the Hillbilly Hike.
It seemed perfect: 10k distance, a $30 registration fee, a great dri-fit t-shirt, and no hills since it’s held on the Summerset Trail.
Having recently gotten over a nasty IT band injury that kept me from both the Des Moines Triathlon and Des Moines Marathon, my plan was to take it easy. Keep a solid pace, stay comfortable, and don’t do anything stupid. Many of my training runs are 10k, so it’s not like I had anything to prove.
I just wanted us to have a good time. [Read more…]