Sunday, October 27, 2013
This weekend has been crazy busy (nothing new!) so I am just now getting around to even opening my laptop. So Saturday morning I woke up bright and early (5:15) and got ready for my 10K. It was so so so so cold! My mom picked me up at 6 and we headed to the race. Got registered and got all bundled up. Temperature at start time was 40 degrees! If we all remember, my goal was to finish in 99 minutes or better. But we will get to finishing time in a little bit. Let's take a little journey shall we?
Mile 1: Mostly downhill and kept together with several runners. Ran the entire mile without stopping to walk. I was really feeling good and was starting to warm up (I could finally feel my toes again). At start I was wearing a hat, scarf, jacket, gloves, long sleeve shirt with a short sleeve shirt over it. At the end of this mile, I shed my scarf.
Mile 2: Started with an small incline and then leveled out for the remainder of the mile. Still with several other runners in my view. Sun started to peak over the trees making vision not fun. Had to walk a little bit every now and again but I was still at a very good pace.
Mile 3: This mile was full of rolling hills. Wasn't too bad though. I had shed my gloves and jacket at this point as well. When I passed the 3rd mile marker I was at 37:51! Best 3 miles I have ever done!
Mile 4: This was a beast. A. BEAST. It was all uphill. it wasn't gentle rolling hills, just a constant uphill battle. I walked a good bit more on this mile than any other. Still kept a pretty good pace though.
Mile 5: The first half mile was still on that uphill so it was brutal. After that it leveled out and I hit the water station.
Mile 6: As I passed the 5th mile marker, I was feeling super confident in myself! I turned up my music and really started to pick up the pace. The only thing that was a bummer was that the 6th mile was a reverse of the first mile which made it uphill. I was having to walk more and more because I felt a tightness in my hip and groin area.
Last .2 miles: I was flying at this point. I could see the finish line. I could see my mom waiting for me. I knew I had done something I had never done before.
So to wrap up this story, I crossed the finish line with a time of 1:23:17!! That's 83 minutes! I finished 16 minutes under my goal time and I was elated!
That made my weekend perfect! Now I am relaxing and watching Netflix while I am at work. I hope everyone else had just as great of a weekend as I did. I will check again either tomorrow or Tuesday!