Having been out from racing for a while, I had no idea what to expect last weekend when I ran my first real race in a long time, the Papa John’s 10 Miler. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Having no idea of what to expect, I felt completely free of expectations.
I have only raced the 10 mile distance three other times, with two of those being this race, in 2009 and 2012. As Chicory has mentioned, this race is the final leg of the Louisville Triple Crown of Running, so it’s a bit of a local fixture which makes for a fun day. Having run it before had the double benefit of not putting a lot of pressure on a clock time, while still being semi-familiar with the course. One thing I definitely remembered was to leave a little reserve for a hilly section through Iroquois Park.