Big Bird 10K Race Recap
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I ran this race on Sunday and am just now blogging about it. It was very crowded and busy race. I had to go by myself. This is the second race in a row I've driven to myself instead of with family or friends. I don't really mind it, except for figuring out where to put my car key. I did a friend running the 4K, and I was able to chat with them for a bit. It's also boring before the race not having anyone to talk with.
Anyway, when I lined up for the race, my Garmin watch wouldn't turn on. I knew I had charged it the night before, so I was really confused. I have not run without my Garmin since I got it for Christmas last year. (I found out later that Garmins can lock up while charging, and you have to hold down two buttons and press reset. Google this if you're curious) I was a little nervous going w/o it. When we started, it was crazy trying to get a space because the race was so packed. It was also very windy. I knew I was heading out too fast, and I tried to start holding back a bit, but I could tell I was breathing hard and pushing my pace. When we passed the 3 mile marker, I asked someone next to me for the time. He said it was 24 something (I found out later, he was a little off with the time). I remember thinking, "Holy Cow" even if I run 10 minute miles (which would be slow for me) I could easily PR. I just kept pusing my pace and repeating mantras and Bible verses to myself to keep myself going at this face pace. There were was a pedestrian bridge we had to run over twice with a very steep incline. I just powered up. I felt good about that. There were points in the race where I had fleeting thoughts that I couldn't do this pace, but I just kept going. I realized there were people yelling out the times at the mile splits around mile 4, and I knew that I had a great chance to beat my PR.
When I turned the corner to run to the finish line, I was tired but I felt great and very proud of myself. It turns out my friends had waited for me and took my picture. I have such a serious, determined look on my face!
My official time was 56:09, which is over a minute better than my 10K in September and about a 9 minute pace. I was really hoping I would get 55 something (even 55:59.9!!!) when I was hearing those split times, but I'm still really happy about this time. I think not wearing my watch actually helped me, as I know I would have panicked and made myself slow down. It was good to actually work with my body and how I felt and now that I could keep going. It was very cool to be able to know how far I could push myself. I have never felt like that before.
I have run 3 10Ks this year. At each one, I raced smarter and harder. I ran a 5K where I blew my old PR out of the water. I was 10th in my age group out of 35 for this 10K. I am really proud of how I have done and how seriously I have taken my training.
I am worried about the winter season, and I haven't figured out a plan that will work well for me since the only runs outside I will be able to get in will have to be on the weekends. It's also a little weird not having a race as a goal. However, I know that I was able to pick up last spring and really rev. up my training again, so I know that I can do even better this year, especially as I belong to a gym now with good treadmills and I can cross train and weight train.
Now, if I could feel as in control of my eating as I do my workout sessions....why is eating healthy so much harder for me than exercising?