On Saturday, I ran the Bellin Run 10k in Green Bay, WI for the second time. It is one of the largest 10k races in the country, drawing more than 19,000 runners this year. To excite the running community of northeastern WI even more, Meb graced Green Bay with his presence both Friday and Saturday. He ran in the Bellin not to race, but to raise money for charity and “run with the people.” If only I were one of those people who run a sub-30 10k, then maybe I could’ve run with Meb. Although I didn’t run along side him, I saw him being interviewed as I crossed the finish line which was pretty cool.
Last year I had no idea of my finishing time and we started in corral 5. Needless to say it was the wrong corral and took us nearly 20 minutes just to get to the start line. This year, we were in corral 2 and only had to wait 5 minutes to start. It was nice not to have to weave in and out of people.
Saturday in Green Bay provided perfect running conditions. It was in the mid 50s, but warmer in the sun. There was a light, cool breeze that I felt throughout the whole course. Hubby and I started together, but run at different paces, so I was on my own for the race. He rocked his “signature” headband. Personally, I think it’s just for looks, but he wears it every race.
My legs felt good throughout the race, but a little heavy. I was hoping to keep a 8:30 min/mile pace for as long as I could. I tried to save up some energy to push that last mile. My splits were 8:41, 8:48, 8:30, 8:45, 8:54, 8:41 with an official finishing time of 54:24. It was a minute off my PR, which I would’ve liked to break, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I pushed myself as much as I could throughout the 6.2 miles, so I’m incredibly happy and proud of my time.
Despite the 20,000 runners, the race is very well organized. There are clearly marked signs, ample parking if you know where to go, and it only costs $20. The race price included a cotton tshirt and post race food/water. I don’t mind that there’s a medal only every 5 years (next one in 2016). Not having a medal didn’t detract from the experience. Adults and children, as well as a couple people dressed in costumes, lined almost the entire course. I am a lover of high fives and you can bet I gave out my fair share.
There were thousands of runners and yet I still ran into a couple girls I know from our local running group and my gym. The Bellin Run is a big race with a small town feel. Lots of families come out together and while I’m all about working out as a family, I appreciated that runners with strollers were not allowed to run this year. In previous years they were allowed to run and some common courtesies were not followed. My hubby recalled being yelled at last year to get out of the way because a person with a stroller was behind him. With the sheer number of people there, it was nice not to worry about getting run over by strollers. Plus, the streets we run on are narrow and it can get tight in certain spots.
The 10k is becoming my favorite distance because I have to train for it, but it doesn’t take so much time like the half marathon. Not quite as quick and dirty as a 5k, but still short enough that I have energy left at the end of the race to sprint across the finish line. I can assure you I was not doing anything close to sprinting at the end of the Cellcom.
If you’re from northeastern WI and are looking for a fun, well organized 10k, I highly recommend the Bellin Run. It was a blast! See you next year Bellin Run!