By "we" I mean Muscle Man and Tall Sister, it would be their first 10K!! When we arrived I found out that it was a double out and back to get to the 10K.. I DO NOT LIKE DOUBLE OUT AND BACK COURSES!!! I would much rather have an out and back and actually cover some distance instead of repeating the same area.. I nearly switched to the 5K but knew I needed a longish run to stay in shape for Rock N Roll Half, and I was excited for MM and TS to get a new race distance PR.
Do we look alike?
Rare Sunny day makes for a funky squint self photo
He didn't tell me his knee was hurting :(
The start line everyone hung back, two speedy looking gals were toward the timing mat but they said they were running the 5K. Hmmm who is running the 10K? I left MM and TS and we all set out..
First mile, as always, I went out way too fast...ugh, slow down!! Second mile much better, my hips and quads were sore from yard work, I tried to push out the pain as I say Muscle Man. The nice part about the course was getting to see my husband and sister several times. There were 3 men in front of me, but no women!! This was my race to lose. To the 5K turn around and I was HOT!! I sprayed water on my head from my hand-held, there was only 1 water stop so I carried water, thankfully I did :)
Back out and my sub 8:00 legs were not working, I struggled for a quick turnover and hoped I could keep moving. A couple areas smelled fishy, YUCK!! At the turnaround 1.5 miles to go, I noticed the next female was about 200-400yard behind me, a good lead but I was fading FAST. I saw Muscle Man for the last time, his red sweaty face was a welcomed site. Next up Tall Sister, she had found a friend and was jogging along with a smile. I said "I am going to win this!!"
The volunteers are the turn were GREAT, cheering and happy. I crossed the line..
49:10- (PR is 45:54 in 2009)
7:56 pace- not a PR but what I expected for my fitness level
1st Place Female
4th Place Overall
I was tired taking my chip anklet off. I stood around for a bit and got a drink then jogged out to get Muscle Man, VERY VERY stiff legs!! He looked great coming down the straightaway but said his knee had been in pain the whole run :( I wanted a picture with him so I crossed the Finish Line again... Muscle Man 1:00:39, 9:57 Pace, first 10K!! Got him a water then started to walk out for Tall Sister. She was still with the friend she had made on the course but was having an asthma type attack. I tried to calm her down with about 100 yards to go. She looked strong and said "I am going to Finish!" We all crossed the Finish together. Tall Sister 1:07:36, 10:54 pace, First 10K!! We got waters and went to sit down. Just then the Race Director came to talk to me and asked how many times I had crossed the line... I had taken my timing ship off so I didn't think it was a big deal but I guess it was bad form to cross the line multiple times....MY BAD I just wanted the photo op :( We hung for a bit, I went to grab my medal and we headed back to the car..
Note the sweet medal and my Activeband HERE what a treat to be there for my Sister and her first 10K, so glad she has caught the running bug!!
Needing to drop the weight to get back into RACING shape :)
Love the pride, yes we are both posers :)
Poor Muscle Man was in pain all night :(
Funny, last minute race and I WON!! Note, if we would have run the 5K I would have probably taken 3rd, so I am GLAD I did not the let the course intimidate me. LOVE LOVE SMALL RACES!!
- How was your weekend??