I always have a hard time sleeping the night before I am going to run an organized race, Why, I really don't know. I know I am not in it to win first prize or anything but somehow I don't sleep very well and I am a little stressed about the whole thing.
Can I run the distance? How is traffic going to be, can we find the right area to park since there is construction going on...etc.....etc... etc...
But anyway, I was up by 630a and had my coffee and granola bar, I didn't want to drink too much water since I didn't want to stop mid race to have to use the porta potties!
We arrived in plenty of time, the forcast called for cool and overcast but it wasn't supposed to rain. It was in the mid 40's when we arrived at the park and it was a bit cool but we stayed inside the pavilion for a while until it was time to line up.
My long suffering husband who goes along with my craziness! LOL
We made a pit stop at the porta potties and then headed for the starting line.
There were 2641 people running the 10K and the 1/2 marathoners were lined up too since they started at the same time as the 10K group.
We started out and I was able to continue to run up to about the 3.5 to 4 mile mark without having to stop and walk for a few seconds to a minute. My original plan had been to run 3 minutes and walk 30 seconds but there were just too many people so I kept on running.
My knee started to bother me at about the 4 mile mark so I knew I better start doing intervals since I still had 2.2 miles to go.
I made the 4 mile mark at 46 minutes which was great but my overall pace turned out to be 12:04 which is about my normal pace.
So when I looked at my results, I was a bit disappointed, I had come in 130 out of 153 in my age group, 2375 out of 2641 over all and 1264 out of 1454 females total.
I looked at the fastest runners and they finished in less than 30 minutes for men and in about 34 minutes for the fastest woman. Wow, that is a fast 10K.
Looking at the results today, I realized my results were just where I thought they would be. I run about a 12 minute mile and I am happy with that but somehow it is different when you are running with a group of people and they keep on passing you.
Total time was 1:14:55 and I am actually very happy with that time. I wanted to know that I could run one and complete it and I did. I am not sure if I will sign up for the Medtronic 10K in the fall or if it will be the 5K, we will see in the next couple of weeks but my husband, who of course was faster than me by about 7:25 said he would run another 10K even though he was complaining about it the whole time we were headed to the race. He always has fun once he gets there, but he worries about it too much before hand.
No bling for this race but I am making a run board that I saw on pinterest that you can decoupage your race bibs onto it and then hang your medals from it.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Here is my finished RUN board! I loved the way it turned out!