So I decided to just enjoy the Bolder Boulder 10K. I had heard SO much about it being really fun and drawing in a huge crowd. I didn't wear my Garmin or my music, the latter because I would be running it with my boyfriends sister who had done the Bolder Boulder 10K nearly every year since she was a kid. Since it was classed as one big party with people dressing up, I brought some English pride with me to the race and wore a Union Jack flag around my neck as a cape. It got a LOT of attention throughout the entire event!
As I was walking up to the start line someone jogged over to me and asked if I was really from the UK, when I responded "Yes, I am!" he thought it was awesome and told me that this race is super fun. When I was standing in my wave waiting to meet with my running partner, 2 men dressed as old timey presidents came up to me and said "WHAT IS THIS?! YOU TRAITOR!" It was all in jest of course, so I found it pretty hilarious. On my way around on the track people would say "We love the UK!" and even took pictures of me. I was a bit worried about wearing it, but I was so happy I did and got such a great response!
The race itself is extremely well organised, I couldn't believe how many people were there! The course was clearly marked and there were plenty of water/gatorade stations. My favourite element to this race was the atmosphere. People lined the course cheering, giving out high fives and people who owned properties next to the race course were putting on a party for runners to witness or be apart of. I saw people playing music, handing out beers, offering people food and keeping the spirit of the runners alive. One group were saying they would drink every time someone did a cartwheel in front of them. There was not one, but two slip n' slide stations as well! I also saw troupes of belly dancers, zumba dancers, bands and DJ's throughout the entire course. It was one giant celebration, everyone coming together to have a blast.
Which is a good thing, because the course SUCKED! There were a lot of gradual inclines with some pretty steep hills. Even though it didn't look like you were going uphill, you most definitely were. I was doing pretty great for the first km, but then my running partner informed me that things were about to get tough. At first I thought I could handle it, but by the end I felt like I was going to have to stop. But I didn't want to let my running buddy down! She was an experienced runner, who literally spoke to me the entire way around to keep my spirits up, it seemed like a normal run for her whereas it felt like a marathon for me! So I persevered and didn't stop. The last mile was definitely the toughest, it seemed to drag on for 3 miles. Right at the end of the track, there was a sharp incline into Folsom Stadium, where the finish line was placed. I was about to do my victory lap around the stadium, but I finally uttered the words "I'm dying!" The Bolder Boulder 10K seemed to have got the better of me, but I refused to give up! I untied my Union Jack from around my neck and soldiered up that bloody steep hill and went and did my victory lap flag held high.
|Time of 1:12:49 (11:43 min/mi pace)|
Happy to have survived!
Overall, what a wonderful race. I really enjoyed it, but if it hadn't have been for the atmosphere I would have hated the course! I'm so glad I did it, even though I never got to finish my training in time and my time was a bit shit. Though I would definitely do it again. Hopefully the next time I run you, Bolder Boulder, I will be a lot lighter and a lot fitter!