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My first 10K-how did it go?!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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! emoticon emoticon

Here is my finished RUN board! I loved the way it turned out! emoticon
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    Holly, I don't get here often but I am trying to do a little catching up today. I want to congratulate you on your 10k, you did an awesome job and you had a great time! I know the knee issues bother you and I am so proud of you for hanging in there and finishing. Now you know you can do it - even if you decide to stick with shorter races in the future, you DID it and that is an amazing feat - I continue to marvel that our bodies will take us these distances. And I think that intervals a good way to go - way less pressure and stress on our bodies! Congrats!
    2197 days ago
    Oh it sounds like SO much fun!!--Good for yu!!!!
    2205 days ago
    I'm just catching up here.

    Congratulations on successfully doubling your distance. Amazing what we can do when we just get out there and give it our best.
    2208 days ago
    You did emoticon ! Never doubt your inner strength. It's your race, run it your way. I love that you did it with DH! Go for another 10K. For everyone you run, you learn more about yourself.

    emoticon on a great race!

    2209 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Holly you are awesome! Fantastic job by both of you. Love the run board, too.
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    I hope to BE ABLE to run a 10k at some point. emoticon to you on your accomplishment!

    LOVE the run board!
    2209 days ago
    That was a great race! I love your board and your pictures. You should be proud of yourself for being in such good shape and doing that event! emoticon
    2210 days ago
    Oh my gosh, a 10K!! That is amazing! Your time was great, too! You are inspiring me. I haven't progressed past the 5Ks. I'm doing another one on Mother's Day. So happy forf you!! emoticon
    2210 days ago
    Sounds like it was a fun day and you did so great. Really cool that your husband ran too.
    2210 days ago
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    WOOHOO!!! Congratulations! Reaching on a race the same time you usually reach when you are by yourself is a great accomplishment I think, because the whole thing is quite disturbing and it is difficult to focus and keep your 'normal' speed: either you walk too fast and get exhausted and need to stop or you go slower!
    I love your run board! What a great idea!
    You are such an inspiration for us all (including your husband I know!), thank you dear Holly!!!
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    WAY TO GO!! Awesome job!
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    There aren't enough emoticons to say how awesome this is! Well done, congrats!
    2210 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Wonderful job by both you and your husband. You gave it your best shot, ran at the pace you had expected----WTG. So you now have time to decide if you'll race and which a 5K or 10K this fall. Love the display board you made from running.
    2210 days ago
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    CONGRATS on your 10K, that is awesome! You should be so very very proud of yourself for doing it. And I LOVE your run board! It turned out really great and what a stinking clever idea!
    2210 days ago
    emoticon Good for you for doing this, no more worries. I always enjoy hearing about your hubby, he is so funny. I can almost picture you two.
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    2210 days ago
    Nice race. You did really well!
    2210 days ago
    Whatever the results:

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    2210 days ago
    First of all I love the wall hanging "RUN". It is so cute!

    I think you did great Holly! I can't run at all. I dream of running but just never have, I may give it a shot this summer.

    Anyway I really think you did GREAT!!! You wanted to see if you could do it and you did!!
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    2210 days ago
    I thought your time was great. I enjoyed reading this because I used to do several 10Ks a year and at least one half marathon. Now that my knees have very little cartilage, I guess I am going to have to settle for 5Ks. The good side for me is that I am getting up there in age and can usually still do pretty good in my age group. I love that your husband has done some runs with you. My 72 year old mate did his very first 5K with me this month. It was a lot of fun, but I don't think it is going to be his thing. Thank you for reading my blog.
    2210 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Way to go....you both are great! Congrats to you both!!
    2210 days ago
    Great job, both of you! You should be patting yourself on the back-YOU took care of your knee so you would not hurt it permanently. Your hubby was stoked at doing well and wants to go for another shot-encouraging that he is talking about it. Take care and we sf are proud of your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon
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    2211 days ago
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    emoticon It is just an accomplishment in itself you were able to do one and finish in my book!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2211 days ago
    Well, you look great! Love the pic with the waterfall behind you and your DH.
    2211 days ago
    emoticon I experienced that weird crowd making you feel like you are a slug thing when I did a 5k in Big Bear. There were more "real" runners at that 5k than at the other events that I attended that were more geared towards the average person who just wants to do a trendy 5k event so there were more walkers and those who didn't train at all in those ones. So the average person at the more official 5k was a faster runner in general. I also felt happy with my time even though I was a slower person than what was the norm at that one. It can play with your mind until you really look at what you did and see that you did really well and did what you love to do! Plus I had the factors to account for of the altitude difference that really does make a difference and it was freakishly hot for the season as well.

    I'm glad you were able to re-look and evaluate yourself and see that you did exactly what you set out to do!
    2211 days ago
    Good for you, and your husband too!

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    Good job on your emoticon . That's my favorite race distance. Well done!!
    2211 days ago
    Holly, I am so proud of you running your 10K yesterday! I think 12:04 is an AWESOME time! That is wonderfu you and your husband ran the 10K together! You are what sparks is all about! You are such an inspiration! Wishing you a Happy Sunday! I hope you a Bright and Beautiful Day!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
    2211 days ago
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