Race “day” has come and gone, and we hope you managed to finish your 5K/10K virtual race. The Husker fanbase managed to finish in ninth for participation in this year’s event, beating out the Hoosiers who narrowly edged Nebraska fans last year.
The BTN Big 10K FINAL registration numbers are in and at the top of the leaderboard is: MICHIGAN STATE!— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) July 14, 2021
Schuba from ALIVE Rescue is representing Michigan State who made up 15% of the registrations!
Race Week begins Sunday, July 25! Share your race photos with #BTNBig10K pic.twitter.com/xHZCbzLxJ6
Speaking of tweets about the virtual race, this guy knows how to do it right:
Anyways, here is how we all did in our own endeavors.
I actually beat last year’s time! That was nice to see when I went back to look at the results. The route this time was a lot less interesting, though. Last year I ran on the mall, and this year I had grandiose plans of driving over to the Teddy Roosevelt Island parking lot off the GW Parkway and running along the Mount Vernon Trail to Reagan National, but I had to push it to the end of the week and then didn’t feel like driving there on Saturday. So instead I ran the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Not much in the way of scenery on this one as it runs mostly adjacent to the Metro Red Line and rail-tracks out of Union Station. However, it does give a brief view of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Capitol dome. Plus you run by the Uline arena which was the site of the first ever Beatles concert in America. Bonus pictures included from walking Taylor up to the Capitol that same morning.
I finished. Glad my wife did this with me. I struggled at the end.
I walked the 5k again this year. A few weeks ago, I told myself that I was going to run some of it and it was going to be great. I waited until Friday morning, hoping that it’d be cooler than it had been the rest of the week. The temperature was better, but it was already so humid out, it was ridiculous. Half a mile in I was dripping with sweat. It was also nice and smokey, so that was pleasant.
I made a last minute decision to just do it in my neighborhood instead of driving to a trail. The running went out the window when I chose this. This place is full of hills and I wasn’t about to try that.
The normal walk that I like to take in my neighborhood is less than a 5k, so I had to add on a few more side streets to get it all in. It took me a little over an hour. I don’t have any graphics though, part of the problem was that my Fitbit died and had to be charged up and it didn’t reset the time correctly. As soon as I got back to my driveway, it started a new day and reset everything. Then when I went to sync it to my phone it reset to the correct date and time and didn’t give me any steps.
Maybe next year I’ll switch it up ant walk the 10k.
I walked/jogged the 5k last Saturday. I had over estimated the length of my normal walking circuit in Lincoln and was surprised how long it took me to complete the 5K. A year ago I could have walked it, but this year I jogged a portion of it. Kind of hard to believe that I was once a D1 athlete! And, I used to run the occasional 5K when I was in my 30’s. Well, it’s a start and I am proud that I completed it. Goal next year is to jog the whole thing. That is certainly a reasonable goal, one that I am certain will be easier than limiting my food intake!