Well Saturday was my first 10k of the year (not counting the two 5ks I ran in the duathlon 2 weeks ago). It was a bit of a last minute decision since I have been dealing with some foot pain the last few weeks. Since I got my new shoes 2 weeks ago, I have been breaking them in and working my way back to running more mileage. So Saturday was more of an experiment with myself to see what I could do. I knew I was not ready to fully run 6 miles so I planned to walk/jog and just see how I felt.
Saturday morning came quickly. I tried to get to bed early on Friday night, but I didn’t manage to fall asleep til well after 11. I woke up about 15 min later than I really wanted to, and that put me a little behind schedule with leaving. Once I was on the road I did see a beautiful sunrise!
I had some issues with my GPS and for a few min I thought I wasn’t going to make it in time. Ekk I really dislike when that kind of hiccup happens. I ended up going without my friend because she had an event come up with her kids and needed to be with them, so I was solo for the event.
When I arrived at the race I still needed to pick up my bib. One of the pros to this race is that the race packet is all virtual. So no waste of paper. They sent a link with all the race sponsors and different coupons from the vendors. I really liked this feature since I rarely actually use any of the coupons that are inside my race bag.
I wandered around a little since I was not familiar with the area looking for the place to pick up my bib. I did not see any signs or anyone helping people find out where to go. I asked a few people and no one knew where to go. Finally a very kind woman walked me over to the area where the bibs were (in the corner of an alleyway)!! I don’t know if I would have found my bib without her.
After I found my bib I headed back to the start line area. Realized I probably should try to use the bathroom so I hustled over to the port-a-potties (NOT MY FAV) and went. In my head I thought the race started at 7:30 so I was a little nervous that I was going to miss the start…Silly me had my times mixed up and the real start was at 7:45, so I really had plenty of time to use the bathroom and get back in place to start.
As I was waiting to start a few people commented on the Boston Race bib I printed out, and I saw a few other runners have them. In those moments, it was like we really all came together, fast and slow, newbie and veteran. We all had something in common, and there was a spark and an energy that you could feel about what was about to happen.
Pop, the starter gun went off and the pack started to move. There were about 1800 runners for the 10k. I stayed off to the side and near the back of the pack. I knew that I was not going to be running more than a few minutes at a time and I didn’t want to get in anyones way. (One of my running pet peeves is having to weave in and out between people who are walking at the beginning of a race. I try to remember that someone might have to run around me and I don’t want them to deal with the same frustration I have had to at times.)
The first mile I felt ok. It usually takes me a mile or so to really warm up/get in my groove so I was taking it a bit easy. It was a bit humid and warmer than I have run in over the past few months so I felt like I was going a LOT slower than I was hoping. This race was for sure not going to be a PR or any great time, but my goal was to just finish (although I really wanted to keep a better than 15 min mile pace) 🙂 RunKeeper said I did mile 1 in 13:30.
The second mile I felt a little more in my zone and I had a girl who was about my pace who was a little ahead of me. We were back and forth so it was nice to have someone else hanging around the same pace. I was doing 5 min increments of walking 3 min/running 2 min. A few times I split the time 2.5 min for both walking and jogging. They had a water station right before mile 2 and I was starting to feel like I needed some liquids. Mile 2 – 13:17.
Mile 3 was my best mile of the race. I was still feeling pretty good, and I was enjoying the gorgeous neighborhood we were running through. Mile 3 – 13:09.
At the beginning of mile 4 I was starting to get fatigued and my hands were starting to swell. For me, that means I am already pretty dehydrated. The second water station was not until a bit into mile 4. I stopped for a second and drank a few glasses of water and gatorade. I did not want to end up passing out like I have before at races from dehydration. The sun was a bit stronger at this point, and the nice shade from the neighborhood was fading fast. About 4.5 miles in I felt I could not run any further. I started to feel a bit disappointed in myself for not being able to walk/jog a 10k. I thought I would walk for a few extra minutes and see if I could pick myself up and run some more. Mile 4 – 14:08.
Near the end of mile 4 a really sweet lady (Ms. Kelly) and I started walking together. She was there right at the perfect time. We just walked and chatted about life and how we got into doing races. She was 69, but did not look a day over 50! My shins also started to hurt and I figured I would save my energy and run the last .2 of the race. Mile 5 – 14:16
The last mile was a bit of a struggle for me. My shins were in a LOT of pain and so I was walking a LOT slower than I had before. I tried to run for a minute but it did not go well. I am really thankful for Ms. Kelly walking with me cause I might have just stopped at that point. Mile 6 – 16:39.
As we got closer to the finish line I was determined to pick up the pace. When I saw the finish line I asked Ms. Kelly if she wanted to run the last part with me. She said she would. I started slow but then took off. I have to say that no matter how tired I am, I ALWAYS finish strong! The last .2 mi I managed to run in 77 seconds!
I was so very happy to cross the finish line and see that my average pace for the race was 14:19. Although my main goal was to finish, I was really hoping deep down that I would finish in under a 15 min mile pace.
After the race I got my finishers medal and looked around where to get the finisher t-shirts. Again, NO signs 😦 I was also in need of some hydration, but all I could find near the finish line were pastry/muffins, and beer! Grrr
We finally found the shirts, and I grabbed a bottle of water from a random vendor tent that was set up. Well I asked first 😉
I saw a lot of people walking around with trees in their hands and realized that they were handing them out. I went to see if I could get one but they ran out as I was literally the next person in line…Kinda bummed me out. Seeing the trees reminded me back to my grade school days and how we all got little trees on earth day and we would always plant them in our backyard. They never seemed to last too long with dry weather and random animals eating them.
Well, that is my 10k recap. Overall it was an ok day. It is a race I would consider doing again, but I would make sure I have something with me to stay hydrated!
Did YOU race this weekend? Tell me about it 🙂