Today was my first 10K. I look at that sentence and shake my head. Me, running a 10K! Whodathunkit???! I couldn't run a block three years ago. Today was the annual Crosstown Classic, North Side vs. South Side 10K.
I was up before the sun this morning since I had a long drive into the city and wanted to make sure I didn't get lost getting to the parking garage and meeting my daughter. I am SO not a city driver!
I made it to the parking garage fine.... until the door opened as I pulled up and I was faced with the STEEPEST incline I have ever seen! Then it was hairpin turns all the way up. I parked the car and felt like I had already ran the race, my heart was pounding so hard!
This is a very popular race here, tons of people! I was expecting streets to be closed but that was not the case. They had us on the running/bike paths around Lake Michigan which while beautiful, a little crowded. This actually worked out well for me, forced me to take it nice and slow at first. I tend to get a little excited starting out.
We couldn't have asked for nicer weather. The sun danced beautifully on the water and the sail boats rocked gently. I never knew there was a water fountain on the back of McCormick Place. I've ridden my bike back there a handful of times but noticed it for the first time today.
I was really dazzled by the scenery and had to pull myself back into the race a few times! A couple people stopped abruptly in front of me to walk. Note to new runners out there, make sure to move over to the right when you want to slow down.
I slowed down to a walk three times to take a few sips of water they handed out and then again at 4.5 miles, my thighs started to burn. I gave myself 30 seconds and got going again.
25 Miles came on my playlist and I started singing "ah ah ah ah I'm so tired, but I just can't lose my stride!" At that point, I didn't care who heard me.
I lost my mind just a little bit coming up to the finish line. I can't remember what music they had playing at the finish line but I started grooving, singing and waving my arms around, as I ran up to the finish line. Call it runner's senility?!
I was just SO unbelievably happy to cross the finish line of a 10k. Me! I crossed the finish line of a 10K race. I can keep typing it but it is still not going to sink in! My time was just under an hour and seven minutes. I was very happy with that. I have one more 10K in November so I have time improve.
The best part was spending the day with my daughter who recently coordinated the Chicago 2013 NEDA charity walk. She is my inspiration!