10k on the Bay
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Today I ran my first race since my half marathon in January. DH and I have been doing C25K. When we signed up for the 10k on the Bay (we only signed up for the 5k portion) we had planned on running the race after we finished C25K. Unfortunately, between illnesses, injuries and vacations, our training fell about 2 weeks behind.
I'd originally signed up to run with my husband, but he had to work this weekend so I ended up going alone. It was the first time I ran a race 100% alone - no one at the finish line to cheer me on. :( I got there early to make sure that I had enough time to find parking, get checked in, warm up and use the restroom before the race started. The number of people complaining about having to walk 10 minutes to the starting line for the 5k was amusing, but also annoying. I was far more understanding with the people who were complaining about the race starting 15 minutes late. That meant 15 more minutes of standing on the shore of SF Bay with wind whipping around you.
OK, back to the race. It was at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. I used to run this trail a couple of times a month when I was training for the half marathon last year. It's a flat trail made up of gravel covered levees. Since it was high tide and the surf was high, parts of the trail were kinda wet. I was even splashed with bay water!
The race started and there was the usual jockeying for position. I always get stuck behind someone who insists on walking slowly. Seriously people, if you're planning to walk, get to the back of the line! After I got out from behind the slow moving walker, I started jogging. The crowd thinned out... and then I realized that I was jogging INTO the wind. Ugh. It was cooling, but it didn't help my speed.
My plan was to jog as far as I could without stopping. Until today, I'd only gone 22 minutes non-stop. Today I jogged for 27 minutes. I jogged slowly, but it still counts! I probably could have gone a little longer, but my brain wouldn't let me. When they say that running is a mental sport, they're right. The 2 mile marker was in sight, but I couldn't make my feet keep going. Darn. From there I did an irregular jog/walk cycle until the end.
I crossed the finish line in 44 minutes and change. It's my slowest 5k time ever, but I'm actually not upset by it. Here's why:
-3/4 of the run was facing into the wind. That automatically forces you to put forth more effort and makes it more difficult to go fast.
-The last 1/4 of the run had wind blowing from my right. Staying on course was difficult - it was pretty gusty!
-I jogged for 27 minutes straight! That was soooo exciting and such a big accomplishment for me.
-A lot of people were complaining about their times. The wind sucked hard. It slowed everyone down. Most people mentioned 5-7 minutes slower than their average.
It wasn't as social of a race experience as I've had in the past. In past races, people smiled, and they would occasionally say words of encouragement or talk to you when they passed. None of that happened today. So many frowny faces... Maybe they were cold?
After the race was another story. I'm a manager at a local library. There were several library patrons at the race. They all said hi, but one just wouldn't leave me alone! He kept wanting to ask questions about his library account. I finally had to be very firm and tell him that I couldn't answer his questions without having his account information in front of me and that he would have to visit the library for assistance. Then I pretended to see someone that I needed to talk to, so I could escape.
OK - next goals:
-Start Bridge to 10k
-Run a 10k
-Train for the Tinkerbell Half
-Run the Tinkerbell Half
-Mix weight training in there
-Eat healthy foods 90% of the time