Carpet Capital 10 mile state championship
The original Carpet Capital 10 mile state championship was supposed to happen on December 9, 2017. We had a cold snap that brought in some snow and ice that caused the race organizers to cancel it and reschedule for January 20, 2018. Sadly, that date was not going to work for me because the Knoxville Track Club Calhoun’s 10 Miler in Oak Ridge was scheduled for the same day.
Ironically, the 10 Miler in Oak Ridge was cancelled due to ice, but the Carpet Capital 10 mile state championship was still happening in Dalton, Georgia, about 2 hours from where we live! A couple buddies and I decided to jump on it since we were already planning on running a 10 mile race!
The Carpet Capital 10 mile state championship was quite fun! I hadn’t raced since the Reindeer Run 5k in early December (see Races page) so I wasn’t sure how my legs would handle racing again. That’s almost a month and a half without race intensity built in. Sure, I did track work and hard miles here and there, but nothing compares to actually being in a race.
I started out thinking I could hold roughly a 6:00 pace since my 10 mile PR is 59:25. I allowed some wiggle room int he pace for the hills. The first three miles were decent. Then the hills came in and my pace dropped. I went from 3rd place to 6th place between miles 5 and 7. I was able to hold on and make up a little distance and time to secure 6th overall. My time was not what I wanted it to be, 63 minutes and change. I ended up also winning 1st place in the Male 25-29 age group, too, at the Carpet Capital 10 mile state championship! Legs felt a little rough for a few days after, but I should be good to go for the Strawberry Plains race on February 3rd! Check out the Strawberry Plains Half Marathon 2017 Race Recap!