Another one down.
Today was my first 10K, I hadn't even reached 10K in training runs, which is why I've been nervous this week. Thankfully it wasn't sunny, but it was hot and humid, but I"ll take that over sun any day!
Surprisingly, I didn't find it too bad. Of course, the further I went the tougher it became, but the adrenaline did help. Though it was a small race (199 participants) and we were spread out quite a bit, especially in the second 5K, I felt the encouragement of other racers - just knowing they were there. There was one participant during the final kilometer that talked me into not stopping for a rest. He was in his cool down, he told me, while I was huffing and puffing my way along! He did eventually leave me in the dust but without him it would have taken me a bit longer to get to the finish.
Funny thing was, a friend was supposed to meet me at the finish with my camera for photos, but we had a miscommunication, and she wasn't there. Turns out, she was at the actual festival grounds looking for me, about 5 minutes away! But we did catch a couple of photos afterwards! And there might be some from the race itself put up in about a day or so. (I think their photographer was my photography instructor last summer!)
So yes, as my title states, I finished at 1:09:01. It would have been quicker, but I had a couple of 30 sec - 1 min walking breaks. Not quite as fantastic as our fearless leader, and no medal for me! but I was happy with it. I heard it was a good time.... I was placed 175 of 199. (not great, but...)
My next race is a month from now, in Ottawa for 5K. Its in support of the Canadian Army and the military families. Then another 10K in October (trying for a time less than an hour). I'm going to try to fit in another two before the year is out.
Pic of me, after I found Sarah!
Me and my favorite little man - Sarah's son Isaac. He was excited to wear my bib and water belt!