My first race of the year was the Resolution Run 10k in the Fargodome on Saturday, January 6, 2018. This race was held inside, running laps on the concourse level. For those not familiar, the concourse is the cement upper ring of the dome when you walk in on ground level. The lower level is the field/concert area. (Also as a side note, this isn’t turning into a running blog, this is my last run event to catch up on and then more food or other events should be coming up!)
This race was put on by Go Far Events or the group that organizes the Fargo Marathon that most people are familiar with. I had not heard anything about this run until the Thursday prior. I was going to be traveling to Fargo for our niece’s baby shower, so I signed up for the 10k knowing I’d want some exercise and this was all indoors with temps forecasted to be -20F windchill. No brainer!
I signed up online, $35 and easy process. My sister joined me as my cheerleader and we checked in about a half hour early to grab a bib, check my coat and get situated. The director gathered us about 5 minutes before the start and explained we were responsible for counting 21 laps around the concourse and continuing on to the finish line. The race was not officially timed but there was a clock at the finish to record our time. My watch doesn’t pick up GPS in the Fargodome so I planned to run by feel alone. I had run an 18 miler on Monday and several more miles each day leading up to the race so I knew it wouldn’t be a personal best, but definitely wanted to run this event.
The field was small (just like I prefer; I am easily overwhelmed by people) and we were off with a 3-2-1 count. You would maybe think that running over 21 laps on a concrete floor would be boring. But it actually wasn’t bad. I got to see my sister every lap and she helped me count. They were playing music overhead and that was appreciated.
As I generally do, I think I went out too fast. The first 6 laps or so was just trying to find a pace and place. The crowd did thin out and I was able to run more comfortably at this point. I saw a gal in front of me about my age I guessed and tried to keep with her. I was very thankful my sister was helping me count. After I got about halfway done, I was trying to count my laps and also do the math on how many I had finished and how much longer it would take. That is way too many numbers for my simple brain.
Kind of before we really knew it, it was over. Jodi met me at the finish line, we had a brief break and got to see my friend, Celeste, run by and cheer her on. She was looking great! Also, I couldn’t stick with that gal in front of me, she is behind me in the pink here but she was fun to chase after.
A few perks of running in the Fargodome: 1) obviously, staying out of the winter weather, 2) plenty of bathroom pit stop options, 3) lots of chances to wave at my cheerleader, 4) small organized race with lots of friendly smiles.
The only cons I could think of is the music was a bit boring (some CURRENT top 40 hits would be nice) and WHY do they make race shirts so obnoxious? The material is great but you can see me coming from miles away so I guess it’ll be good for road running.
My unofficial finish time was 49:23. With all the miles I had on me that week, I was happy with that and running without a watch. (That is something I am trying to improve on and run more just based on feel.)
10K: 49 minutes, 23 seconds | 7 mins, 56 seconds per mile pace
We followed up our run at BernBaum’s for some fresh bagels. I got the Mideast plate and it was everything. Highly recommend! Thanks Fargo for a fun run on a cold morning! As always, thanks to my sister for being such a big supporter of mine. I love you so much!!