In addition to the cost, one of the reasons I don’t do 10ks every weekend is because it can be an ordeal. You have to get your gear ready the night before. You have to wake up early and drive to the race, usually getting there hours early. Then after the race you have to look for your family who went through their own ordeal to cheer you on.
Last Thursday, I did the ideal 10k for me. It was She Runs LA powered by Nike+. The run was digital, which meant that I could take my kids to school, come home and get my gear ready, and go run a 10k. Women all over Los Angeles participated by logging on to NikePlus.com and running during the 24 hour race period.
I convinced some of the lovely moms from my son’s elementary school to do the race along with me. My friend, Patricia, who I did the marathon with, ended up joining us as well. I mapped out a couple of different routes and we ended up doing a very hilly 10k. Not only was our run full of steep hills, but it was really hot on Thursday.
It was not easy for me, which I should have anticipated considering I haven’t run very much since the marathon. I was huffing and puffing and sweating like I was actually running a marathon. But I finished and so did everyone else. Everyone was fantastic.
I bought the Nike + GPS app for my iPhone and it’s very cool. When you run with it, it can track how far you’ve run, your pace, and the calories burned. And, it notifies you after every mile or kilometer you’ve run. Here are our 10K results.
|Nike+ app says we burned 712 calories!!|
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the She Runs LA party, but I heard that it was a good time. A portion of the proceeds from the race were to be donated to Students Run LA, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to increase access to the sport of running for underserved youth across LA Unified School District.
Disclosure: I was given a promo code to enter the race for free plus I received a Nike+ armband.