Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Last Saturday I did my 10km race in my town. This was the 3rd annual event & my 3rd year running it.
The first year I ran it...I just learned to run a few months prior & I ran it with a friend. Our running teacher ran back to meet us (she ran with the 5 kers first) & to help push us throu. At 9 kms there is a little 'hill' we have to run up to get us out of the ditch & she nudged (pushed) me up it (cause I wanted to quit at this point & she knew I had more in me) & I told her off (in a joking way). At 9.5 kms I wanted to just walk to the finish line & started to walk (I really felt like I had nothing left). She told my friend to keep going & she'd walk with me. My friend said "NO..We're in this together...she walks. I walk'. Well wasn't about to slow anybody down..so I ran to the finish line...we ran it in 1:09:03.
Last year I ran it by myself, but my friend surprised me & showed up with her daughter to support me. Which was awesome. I finished it in 1:03:54. Woo Hoo!!
This year I was nervous & excited. I think I was nervous because my Grandparents were coming to the event, but excited because they'd get to see me run. I don't know why this made me nervous, but it did. So I get up in the morning & it's raining...well if I can survive last weekend I can survive this, I thought!!! I finally found something to wear that I hoped would keep me dry (it didn't) & walked to the event.
As I'm running I'm reminding myself that this is not a race....I'm out here to try my best, but have fun at the same time. The trails were muddy & there was a bit of a detour this year due to construction around the trail.
I don't know how this happened, but after 5kms, I felt like I was running by myself. I only saw people when I was coming up on them & passed them. Which shocked the heck out of me, I'm the passee, not the passer. I wanted to walk a few times during the second trail (there's 3 different trails we run on) as this one is narrow & all uphill. I really wanted to stick to my 10&1's for the whole race...so I kept repeating in my head..slow down...so what if your watch says 7:02(km/min), it's faster than 9 or 10 (my walk pace) & way faster than if I were sitting on the couch. It helped me get me though that tough patch.
As I'm on the last trail I was behind this fit looking girl & was going to stay at her pace, then I thought, I can do this, so passed her. She yelled good job & I yelled the same back (hopefully that's how it came out as I was breathing hard. But I did wave so I'm sure she got the idea). To my surprise I was putting distance between her & I. Then I came up on the little 'hill' (you know the one I got pushed(nudged) up at the first year) & ran up it. And standing up ahead alittle is my running teacher (she was a volunteer). As I was coming up to her I say "you know, I think of you every time I go up that' Her response 'and look at you now...so strong..way to go'. It gave me what I needed to finish strong.
I'm now coming around the last bend to the finish line & thinking 'I don't have it in me to run faster'...I see the finish line...'YES YOU DO!' & ran faster. Then I remembered a picture I saw (I tried to find it so I could post it..no such luck). It's of a girl running & it says something about running faster & putting your hands like your karate chopping the air(?). So I though nothing to lose, I karate chopped the air & ran even faster (wow, it worked) & flew acrossed the finish line.
I collected my medal (first year we got medals for this event), a water & set out to find my grandparents & friend. I guess my grandparents missed me & told me I had to run across the finish line again...not happenin, I told them & we laughed. I could tell they were proud of me thou (even if they did miss my grand finish).
When I looked at my watch it said 1:05:11, but my official chip time was 1:05:04. Not a PB, but I'll take it. I also placed 55 out of 142. Not bad.
My friend & my grandparents left & I stayed (I had volunteered to help after my race ). I just happen to see a guy (who I think ran the HM) run in. You could tell he was hurting & happy to be finished. Well, a while later I was walking down the hall & I hear him yell at me. He said 'Hey, I tried to catch up to you. But I just couldn't make it." He's with a group of people & they are all looking at me now. Speechless (how do you respond to that)..I responded 'Well you never stopped trying & you finished. Good for you.' smiled & walked away. I was kind of embarrassed (because everyone was looking at me & I didn't know what to say). But thinking about it now...I should be flattered (I think)...I was someones pacer/target!!
Later (when I downloaded my garmin) I found out a few surprising facts:
1. I crossed the finish line running 3:48(km/minute)
2. The second last set I ran a 12&1 (not a 10&1)
3. I ran 10.20 kms (Last year it was 10.02 km. I guess the detour added alittle distance)
All in all..it was a good run!!!