Yes, you read that right.... I am officially a 10k'er! I ran my first official 10k on Saturday, June 26. It was called, "Time to Fly" a cancer fund raising event.
Nerves were running high all last week as my well anticipated race day came. I was very well prepared. I completed all my training runs and ate very clean the week leading up to the race. On Friday I "planned" on getting to bed early and having a laid back night. Well mother nature had different plans for me..... she dumped 4 1/2 inches of rain, added in some hail, and then why not add in 70 MPH winds. So my early to bed came to be around the same time I usually go to sleep. Oh well.... still nothing was stopping me.
I got up bright and early at 4:45 to eat my oatmeal and drink up some water. Took a shower, got ready, and waited for my friend to pick me up. Nerves were still running wild so on the car ride to the race we kept telling ourselves, "it's just another morning long run with eachother". It seemed to help a little!
We got to the racing grounds (Harriet Island in St. Paul) around 6:45. The race didn't start until 7:30 so we took this time to do a nice short jog, do some stretching / walking, and use the restrooms. We were able to meet up with our other friends during this time as well.
The weather was cloudy which was perfect because the humidity levels were 90%. It was very warm and sticky.
FINALLY.... it was 10 minutes until race time and they were urging us to go to the starting line. The count down began.... 5 minutes to go, 3 minutes to go, 2 minutes to go... WHAT? A hold up, what is taking so long???
Well apparently 3 minutes before racing time a huge tree fell on the course. The parks and recreation crew were called out to remove the debris. We waited well over a half an hour until finally they came back saying that they were changing the course. So it was no longer an official 10k race. I was bummed.... and also getting extremely anxious to start. Well waiting we met up with a lady named Julie. We got to talking with her... this woman was amazing! She was already on her 3rd half marathon and also ran a full marathon. So she gave us lots of pointers which was great!
FINALLY, the race was ready to begin! It was sunny now and the heat was really picking up. I ran with my friend pretty much the whole race. By mile 1.5 I was already a sweating mess but passed up the water station. My friend wore her heart rate monitor that tracked distance, time, etc.... and at mile 2 we were only at 18 minutes. Not bad! At mile 3 I finally agreed that a little water was needed. (My last drink of water was around 5:30...
) It was hard to run and drink! I grabbed some water but kept running and then tried to drink it. Most of it just went down my front but my mouth got a little wet. And I must have gotten a little water because I was then burping for the next minute or so.
At mile 4 we were sitting pretty good with a even 40 minutes. I was feeling GREAT!!!
But then after passing the 5 mile mark, my energy started to decrease. I should have brought with an energy gel or something to give me a little boost. I let my friend continue on and I fell back behind her just a little. Still kept up our fast pace but slowed it just a tad. This last 1.2 mile was a hard run. I felt like walking a few times but knew that I DID NOT want to walk. So I just kept going.....
I finally made it to the final stretch and started to kick it back into gear. I didn't think I had any sprinting left in me since I was already drained. I needed some food and water, it was so hot! But I saw the gates and just took off passing about 3 people in front of me. It felt great to sprint that last stretch and it helped my time too!
The race was time chipped and as of today, they still don't have the official times posted yet. But according to my friends monitor (she was at the finish line waiting for me) I came in around 62 minutes and the race was 6.4 miles instead of the 6.2 miles an official 10k race would be. I felt awesome and also a little dizzy which I quickly realized I needed some water and a banana. But it felt great to complete a race with some challenges in the way and still finish strong!
I don't have any pictures (which I was a little bummed) because my hubby never made it out. He was supposed to stop out with the kiddos to get some pics and cheer us on but he ended up sleeping in until 9:00. Can't blame him, it was a Saturday and his weekend too! But I am a little bummed that I don't have a picture to remember the event. I came home and they were waiting with lots of hugs and kisses. They were so proud of me! And then I spent the rest of the day with a bad stomach ache..... due to the heat and humidity!
We plan on running a 10 mile race soon and then a half marathon together. It just feels great knowing that I can do this. It is amazing what our bodies can do!
Thanks for reading about my first 10k experience!!!