The Run to Feed the Hungry 5k/10k has become a staple to most people in the Sacramento area. For my family and I, it isn’t even a question if we are going to do the race or not. The race is said to be the largest in the country with approximately 27,000 participants between the two distances offered.
This year I sported a top in the 10k that probably isn’t my norm when it comes to running races. I wore a Sacramento Republic FC shirt for the race because this year I was registered for the SRFC Team. Along with representing Sac Republic FC, I was running for my running club the Buffalo Chips Running Club, and of course representing #9run6!
Once we (Bethany, Donovan and Kevin) arrived to Sacramento State, we ran into other fellow 9run6’er Alexia who was making her way to the start line area. There we met with some of the other Sacramento Republic FC team members including San Jose Earthquakes player Adam Jahn (who was on loan to us at SRFC for most of the season) waving a big Sac Republic flag to let everyone know where we were. During this same time we saw another fellow 9run6’er, Katie and her ever so famous better half Tait.
With all of the hello’s exchanged it was time to warm-up and make our way to the start line. Kevin, Alexia and I did a mile with some drills before toeing the line, while seeing another 9run6’er Chris who was preparing for the 10k as well.
The countdown had started and it was officially time to see what was in store for this day. I love this race because the field is pretty fast and the course is ideal for running that personal best. Last year I ran a personal best of 38:40 in this same race, which is also the only time I have broken 40 minutes in an official 10k race. I had high hopes of running better than that mark I set last year, but by mile 2 I knew it wasn’t going to be in the cards for me.
The first mile was where I wanted to be running it around 6:14 or so based on my watch, however by mile 2 I wasn’t certain if dropping a negative split race plan was in the cards for me. I hit the 5k mark with a split of 20:04, knowing that the second half of this race would be about running a bit harder just to break 40 minutes.
As the race moved I knew getting to 40 would be a bit of a challenge, but I still went after it trying to drive through the East Sacramento neighborhoods in hopes to break 40. With the distance shortening and the mile 6 sign visible it was time to kick what I had left in the legs for today, I crossed the line with an official time of 40:42. Not the race I planned for, but I have a bigger race in a week to regain focus on with the California International Marathon just days away on December 7.
By the way a big shout out to fellow 9run6 folks Kevin who ran a personal best breaking the 40 minute mark, Chris who ran a personal best in the 10k and Alexia for recording her first official 10k race today.
Did you run a Turkey Day Trot of some sort? How did you do?