2019 Shamrock Shuffle 10K - Race Recap

Well, I'm off to a great start for 2019. Although I debated if I could run due to some recent knee pains, I decided to run the Shamrock Shuffle 10K. This was the second time running this event for me and it was a great event again.

The race started off on State Street in downtown Madison, WI. It did a small loop by the capital, then toward campus. Up the most challenging hills on Observatory Drive. It starts with a single switchback that isn't too horrible. However, after that is a pretty steep incline followed by a steep decline then another hill, then very flat for recovery.
Unfortunately, they put a water station right at the end of the hill. The only water station, mind you, granted you hit it twice since it is a down and back race. After the 1/2 way point, we took the lakeside path back. I forget how amazing the campus area is, I need to find an excuse to run downtown more often. Anyway, once I hit Observatory again I walked the inclines and was slow on the declines. It was definitely challenging to not overdo it like I regularly do, but I want to keep healthy so yay me. I hit the 6-mile mark and sprinted the final .2 miles. Well, I sprinted .1 and then was gassed so just jogged quickly for the last .1. Across the line in like 53 minutes, not my best but really I'm proud still.

They had exceptional post-race service with water, donuts, and bananas. Perfect. I would totally run this race again. It is a perfect way to kick off the season.


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