• Juan J. Arrieta

Weekly Anchor #3: Looking forward to Cap10k challenge

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Cap10K race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro by going to https://www.bibrave.com/bibravepro. Find more race reviews like this one at www.bibrave.com.

This upcoming Sunday, April 7th, I will be running in the Cap10K race in Austin. I have been eagerly awaiting this event for several months now for three key reasons:

1 - Relive a great experience. I ran this event once before, more than 15 years ago. I hardly remember any specific details about it, but I do distinctly remember passing in front of the Capitol building and going up and down on its adjacent streets along thousands and thousands of people. If it was big then, I know for a fact that it is going to be so much bigger and impressive this time after it has grown so much and is now the largest 10k in Texas and the 6th largest in the United States.

2 - Doing well on another checkpoint race. This 10k is the second progress check on my training and preparation to my "A" race for the first half of the year, Grandma's Marathon. My first checkpoint was the Darling Dash 5k a bit more 5 weeks ago and it went really well, actually exceeding my expectations with a finish time of 24:33 minutes and a pace of 7:49/mile. If I can run strong now at the 10K distance and finish in approximately 51:00 minutes and a pace of 8:10-8:15/mile, it will be a good indicator that the training is progressing well and is on target with my goals for Grandma's. That race takes place in late June, so while I still have plenty of work to do between now and then, it would definitely be a great motivational boost to know that I am getting closer to snagging a PR a that distance.

3 - Enjoying a challenge. Austin is well known for its hills, and the Cap10K course will definitely has a couple of challenging ones in the first couple of miles. For whatever reason, I have always felt motivated by the challenge of running up a hill and coming out strong and with momentum on the other side. We will see how I do with that this Sunday, but regardless of how it turns out, I know I will give it all I have and have fun doing so.

Wish me luck, and stay tuned for the post-race report!

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