I took my two big girls to see Little Women last night at the Salt Lake Children's Theater. It was a great distraction from thinking about the race.
I've been kinda nervous about this 10K...but I don't know why. I know I'm starting "all over" having taken a year off from my stress fracture and I've really only been training since the end of December, but I think I have magical powers that make me race like a speedster. I know it is going to take me a lot longer than 3 months to get faster!
This was my hubby's first 10K and I was really excited for him. There weren't a lot of runners, but enough to feel like a race. I warmed up 1 mile.
1-8:55 Lots of trying to get around people and find my groove
2-9:07 LONG, slow uphill. I passed a lot of people, but it was definitely a hard mile. A long mile.
3-7:53 Start of the long downhill. My lower back started to hurt....not sure if this was because of the downhill. But I thought to myself, go fast while the fast is going. I had some older guy come from behind me. We stayed together for a lot of this mile. He was my "go-to" guy. He would pull ahead and I would follow. Thanks guy!
4-8:03 Still down hill and feeling good, but lower back still sore.
5-8:23 The course started to flatten out here. It is hard when you've been flying down hill and then it takes "effort" to keep up the speed. I was starting to get to that "puke" zone. I chilled out a tad and was hoping it would go away. Kinda.
6-8:26 I just kept saying to myself, "Just don't puke! Just don't puke! Just don't puke". Once I got onto the track, I saw some of our friends and family, gave them the pump fist and finished strong. The stinky part of the end of the race was NO WATER - you had to walk to the other end of the track. I wanted to run Tim in, but I just saw him enter the track. So I cheered obnoxiously for him. He did a fantastic job (54 minutes). This is his first 10K and he's only run a few 6 mile runs. Hooray for him.
I cooled down 1.5 miles. Perfect weather for the race...shorts and t-shirt. Lots of people had on tights, hats, gloves....I was just sweating looking at them!
So overall, I feel like I ran a "decent" race. An 8:26 average is about the fastest that I've done on a long run....so that seems right. But I'm ready to be faster. I'm ready for a nap!
**I just saw the posted results - HAH! I got 3rd in my age group! Hot dog!