Last Saturday I walked/jogged my 1st 10K. I am slow, so my goal was to do it in under 2 hours. In training, I had done the distance but at a slower pace, however I know that on an official run, I go faster. My son & daughter-in-law did a 1/2 marathon so we were running at the same time although they started 1/2 hour earlier.
I had my plan...start with a brisk 1 min. walk then a 4 min. jog...repeat. Well, everyone else started with a brisk jog & I yielded to peer pressure & started jogging. Of course, I tired too quickly & there was still 5 1/2 miles to go. Back to the plan...walk...jog...walk...jog
. There was also a 2 mile run so for the first mile there were plenty of people on the course.
At the first mile the course turned a corner then about 1/4 mile further there was another turn. I made that first turn & there were no other runners ahead of me! That was such a lonely feeling, everyone else was fast enough that I could no longer see them...I was all alone...I wanted to turn around! Then I realized that there were a couple walkers behind me, so I kept going. Around the next turn & I could see other runners again. In fact, I passed my DS & DIL as they were on the return stretch.
I will admit, I had a mental battle going on. Did a mention that it was raining...just a drizzle but enough to soak through the clothes. At least the air temperture was okay, so it wasn't cold. But back to the mental battle. The 10K is a challenge for me, so I keep telling myself that I could turn around at any point & head back. As I got tired, I seriously considered turning around & not completing the run, but at the 2 mile marker I checked my time & I was doing an okay speed. So on to the 3 mile marker & the turn around point.
I'm jogging along & I realize that one of the walkers is catching up. A WALKER is going to pass me...that's just not fair. As he catches up, we start the usual little chit-chat. He is walking as therapy for an injured back & we continue the run together. His wife & daughter are further back...walking the 10K as a PE make-up for the daughter. I have not tried to find a jogging partner...I'm too slow, so this was a new experience to have someone alongside encouraging me on. This gentleman became my pace setter. (He said I was going at a good pace for him too!)
This 10K was one of the best runs ever. Even tho my DS & DIL were running a longer course, we were still having the experience together (we finished within minutes of each other). I had a pace-setter & encourager that helped me complete the run & not give up. AND, I finished in 1 hour 40 minutes...20 minutes faster than my goal!
Maybe I will try another 10K.