Indian Rock 10k – Year 2

Similar to the John Rudy 5 miler, this was actually my first year of running the Indian Rock 10k.  Last year I deemed the weather too dangerous due to snow and ice and also hadn’t felt the greatest.  Also like the 5 miler the race was ran on the York Rail Trail though a different portion.

It was also my first race running as a member of the Flying Feet racing team.  I asked Les, an older guy who I’ve known for years and who I couldn’t beat most of the summer, at the start of the series how someone gets on the racing team.  He jokingly told me if I beat him that he would talk to the owner of Flying Feet for me.  After beating him three races in a row, he kept his promise and I picked up racing shirts and singlets this past week.

Yesterday morning was very cold with feel like temps barely above 20*.  The saving grace was that there was no wind.  I wore several layers for my warm up run with my dad, but thanks to the awesomeness of Under Armour’s cold gear, I was able to take off my windbreaker pants to run in just my leggings.  I like to think that I’ve finally gotten the hang of figuring out how to dress for cold weather races.

Dad and I hung out with the majority of the runners in the elementary school until 5 minutes before race time.  I figured keeping warm for as long as possible would help my hands and face, the two body parts that felt bitterly cold after the warm up.  At 9am we took off from the parking lot down a slight grade and across the road to the rail trail.

I went out faster than I did in the last race.  Even doing that my dad only stayed with me for about a quarter mile before he took off from me.  I ended up running beside a woman who I ran near in the last race.  I need to find out her name because we’ve talked in the past and enjoy pacing next to each other particularly because we’re in different age groups.  The first mile was a 7:40, twenty seconds faster than last race.

The race was ran on a portion of the rail trail that I have ran often.  Oddly enough despite running faster and having plenty of people around me, it seemed to take a long time to get to the second mile.  Dad and I have often discussed how the rail trail is mentally deceptive in that way; you feel as if you’ve ran for a long distance but really haven’t.

My high school assistant cross country coach cheered me on as I passed by him as his wife was running the race.  I skipped the water station and hit the second mile in 8:06.  I kept an eye out for any ice during the third mile as the race director warned us there might be a few spots.  Fortunately the one mud-turned-ice spot we were able to go around.  The lead runners began passing us on their return and I was able to distract myself mentally by watching them.  Likewise once I reached the turn around point I watched those still heading out the trail.  It never ceases to amaze me how many people of all shapes and sizes and fitness levels come out to run the winter series.

I utilized the water station on the way back, but only took a bit once I realized there were some tiny pieces of ice in it.  I was decently warm by this point, but didn’t want to chill myself.

After placing third in the last race part of me kept focusing on every female in front of me, wondering if the woman who beat me by four seconds was ahead of me.  I knew I was running fairly comfortable and needed to work.  I began trying to catch as many females as possible without increasing my pace too much.  With 1.5 miles to go I was feeling very good and decided to pick up my pace.  I was hoping my pacing partner would choose to go with me, but I realized there was still a lot of race to be ran and normally I wouldn’t have even started a pick up that early if I hadn’t felt so good.  Unfortunately she didn’t, but I had plenty of people to work on catching.  I didn’t count how many people I passed, but it seemed to be more than I usually do that late in a race.

With less than a quarter mile to go I turned off the trail and started striding harder to cross the road.  I pushed up the only “hill” into the school parking lot and across the finish line.  I finished in 48:48 and placed third in my age group.  A different woman had placed second; I had beaten the one who beat me in the last race, so I’m currently still ranked second in my age group overall for the series.  I have to miss the next race due to taking my track kids to an invitational, but I should have enough points accrued to not lose my position.  After that it’ll be two races remaining!


About Tracy

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental and Indigenous Peoples advocate. Work from home Workforce Specialist. NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant Varsity Track Coach. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights.
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11 Responses to Indian Rock 10k – Year 2

  1. Great job! I also feel like rail trails are harder mentally to run on and it seems like you’ve gone further than you really have. I used to run on one every weekend but have stopped because I just wasn’t enjoying running there anymore.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Thank you! I can only assume it’s a combination of the flatness and mostly straightness of rail trails that cause us to struggle mentally. I enjoy rail trails for the change in terrain being softer on the body particularly for long runs and also the safety aspect, no worries of getting hit by cars, but anything more than 4 miles and I struggle. It usually helps if I’m running with someone else but even having my dad along the last time we ran 8 miles on one we were both hitting boredom at times. I wish there were more roads in my area with bike lanes or wide shoulders so I could create longer road routes!

  2. runeatralph says:

    Pretty cool that you earned your way onto the team. 🙂

    • TracyNicole says:

      I thought so too! When I was in college there was a regular runner in the area who owned several auto dealerships and he ran wearing a jersey advertising his company. A friend of mine who was a rather elite runner (state qualifying type in cross country) started to wear a similar jersey and eventually my dad and I did as well just from getting to know him at all the races. It was fun and I’m glad to have a chance to do something similar and get to know other runners on the team. They’re varying ages (Armand, the 70 year old I mention a bit on here is on the team) and while most tend to place in their age groups not all are elites which makes me feel better about being on the team. It’s mostly promotional for Flying Feet as I don’t think the team actually trains together from what I understand, but I think it’ll be fun nonetheless.

  3. Laurie says:

    Tracy, that’s so cool! You are on the Flying Feet racing team!!! Congratulations! Nice running. I think I only ran the current version of the Indian Rock 10k one time (maybe 2). In previous years this race was mostly on the roads. I liked running it on the rail trail. You are running so well.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Thank you! I should’ve taken a pic wearing one of my new racing shirts but I was more focused on keeping warm! My dad was telling me how the old course started on the road and went under the bridge before getting on the trail. It seems like the new course is a lot safer!

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