Hey. Hey, guess what? The girl who used to walk the mile in high-school and only started running a year ago has officially completed her first 10K!
I AM A ROCK STAR.
Right, so, as y'all know I got into Houston Thursday night. Friday morning my uncle and I went on a short two mile run and my aunt and I had lunch with my grandma. After that we headed to the athletic store to pick up our race packets which included our racing bib and t-shirt (which I totally wore on the plane ride home yesterday) and the usual collection of coupons to local businesses.
We also got our chip, which was a blue strip attached to our shoes (yay! My new Minimus have had their first race!). I'd never seen chips like this and, in fact, the majority of the 5Ks I've run haven't even used chips. But in this case it was needed as there were 15,000 participants in the Rodeo Run (that's combined between the 10K and 5K).
There's no way to have that many runners actually start running at the same time, so my uncle and I were waiting several yards back behind the start line for almost 10 minutes before we even started moving let alone running. Because of this we had two race results: the clock time and the chip time.
Thanks to my Polar FT4 HRM I was not only able to keep track of time and watch my heart rate, but as we passed each mile marker I was able to do some quick math to see if our pace was consistent.
That's a mile average of 13:52 and I met my goal of finishing in under 90 minutes! Of 697 runners in my gender/age group, I came in at 659 (yes, 700 female runners aged 30-34. Seriously, this race was huge). I'm very, very happy with those results! Plus, I now have a time to try and beat during the next 10K.
The route was fairly flat, though there were a few dips along the way but nothing super severe. They also had bands set up along the route which was kind of fun. Mentally it wasn't as bad as I was anticipating. I admit I was worried for the fact that even in all my training I had never run six miles before, although I know that's how most training plans work: you don't actually run the entire distance until the day of the race. I did, though, run it. Well, like 99% of it. My uncle and I ran together the whole time and walked through water stations and walked up two of the small hills, but the rest of it we ran!
Miles 3 to 4 required a bit of work to push through, but once I hit Mile 4, it was Oh, well, there's only two miles left. I can totally handle that. It was cold and overcast as we started out but as the race went on the sun came out and it suddenly got super humid. By the end I was drenched in sweat and managed to catch a slight sunburn. Ooops. Honestly, didn't even occur to me to worry about that.
But at least I'm no longer all pasty Ohio winter white anymore. Not that I'll be able to maintain it, but still.
I spent the rest of the day having to remind myself that I ran a 10K. I RAN A 10K! (It really did work like that, with the caps the second time around). I had a fabulous time and the longer distance really did allow me to find my running groove in the way a 5K can't. For me, and I imagine most people, that first mile out is always the hardest and then after that there's only two miles left and you're done.
My next race is the St. Malachi 5 Miler and my plan this week is to start looking for 10Ks in the Cleveland area!
Have you ever completed a 10K (official race or otherwise)? Do you have a favorite distance to run?
Love from the ashes,