July 4th marks the day I ran my first 10K. I had signed up for the race when I was still "in my workout groove", so to speak. About 2 weeks before the race, my schedule got out of order. Due to changes at work, I had to re-shift my schedule a little to get my workouts in (see last blog). During this time, my food intake had worsened a bit, too. I was also approaching some kind of a rut....in fact, I am guilty of not logging my food for the past week!!! Will follow up with a blog on that. This blog is not for feeling guilty, ashamed, confused, tired, frustrated. NO! This one is to actually give myself a pat on the back. Yep, that's right!
I RAN MY FIRST 10K!
Though I didn't follow a particular training schedule, I sort of had my own...sorta kinda. I did read up on tapering off workouts, in particular running in the week leading up to the race. I also rested 2 days prior, ate some pasta the night before, pretty much avoided alcohol and caffeine, too. I did have my pre-running jitters...especially it being my first 10K, the longest distance I would have to run, ever.
The morning of, I woke up earlier than planned (5:15AM). This allowed me to take a shower even though I wasn't planning on it since I'd get all soaked and sweaty anyway...but I had to be my full self for this run, so a shower was in place. Followed by an oatmeal breakfast at 6AM.
I was only planning on draggin my sister along so that she could take pictures and hold my car keys, but both my husband and son were up and ready to support me, too! Off we went...about an hour and 15 minute drive to the beautiful town of Foxboro, MA and the home to the Gillette Stadium. That is where my race was going to start and end. My unofficial team of running girls, most of which I had only met on that day, were pumped and ready to roll...
(that's me on the far right)
Here I am...ready to rock!
Almost 3,000 people lined up at the start and off we went. I decided to run without musice....I wanted to be in tune with my surrounding...wanted to savor my run to the fullest. The run started outside of the stadium and went around town. Water stations were at every mile...I passed the first two...didn't feel the need for water yet. But I did take advantage of them almost all of the other times. What I learned = Running and drinking doesn't work well. I wasn't about to stop either. So I just took a sip...thenpoured some over my hands and splashed my face. This gave me a bolt of enery every time!
The run was fairly flat, with one slight incline...nothing bad really. The crowd was quiet...everyone seemed very focused. There were some spectators lined up on the course....What a great feeling to be rooted on by complete strangers! Thank you so much!
I tried to pace myself, but didn't really know how fast I was going. I kept glancing at my watch and estimating the mile markers.
Then, finally I saw the stadium, but it seemed to take forever to actually reach it! Nonetheless....I was running into the stadium through the tunnel and picking up the pace to make a triumphant finish at the 50 yard line!!! I heard my name and town called as I was approaching the finish line. Woohooo!!!
Totally filled with adreline, I was sooo happy and proud of myself to have finished the race. I even surpassed my time...I was hoping to do it under an hour and finished in a whopping 52:44!!!! I was 34/299 in my age group and 667/2966 overall. I must say it was definitely a competitive crowd of runners, but I'm so happy for each and everyone of them. Great job everyone!
So there! I did it! I couldn't have done it without all the inspiration I have received from SparkPeople and Spark Friends! This year has been full of accomplishments for me. For the first time in a long time, I was able to do something for myself! SpearkPeople is so much more than just losing weight, it truly is a journey of self discovery! Who would have thought that I'd get to like to exercise.....to RUN!!!! Everyone here deserves a pat on the back for making the decision to change your lifestyle. We've all begun the journey to self-discovery....to find out what were truly are made of. Everyone can achieve what they set their minds to - all you need is dedication, believe in yourself, and just keep at it!