I went into this 10K race weekend a bundle of nerves. No I was not racing for time, in all actuality I didn’t even think I would be able to run the whole 10K because my last run was cut short due to knee pain, but the nerves were still there. My confidence was low and my nerves were high, but I was given some hope from Ra who taped my knee with KT Tape the day before the race.
It can be crazy to park for this race and since we live so close, Chris just drove me. I had less than a 10 minute walk to the start line.
Security at the start was tight, without a race number you were not getting anywhere near the start line this year. Last year they had set off fireworks at the beginning of the race, but I had a feeling they would leave that out this year as it would’ve scared the crap out of people. Only a few of my We Are Athletes! team members were running the 10K, but I managed to find them!!!
Donna and I both had our Sparkle Skirts on for the race!!!! I actually introduced her to these awesome skirts and was so jealous of the one she was wearing, the picture does not do it justice. If you want an awesome looking, comfortable running skirt then you need to check out Sparkle Skirts!!!!
The ladies that I had found were planning on running about 10 minute miles, which was my goal too, so I had planned on staying with them. We lined up at the 9 minute pace sign, while our other teammate Jerry lined up at the 8 minute pace sign as he was planning on running 9 minute miles.
As the race began so did the weaving. Why do all the slowest runners head to the front?? It is so annoying to have weave past these people and once a half a mile hits people are already walking…..at a half mile, yes these people need to head to the back not to the start when lining up for a race. Okay, now that my rant is over, I was so busy dodging people that I actually forgot to start my runtastic app until a half a mile in to the race., hence the 5.87 miles instead of 6.2 miles.
My plan was 10 minute miles. My plan failed. The first mile flew by, no pain and much faster than I planned. I lost my teammates almost immediatelyI, but that was okay because we each have to run our own race. Once I realized how fast I took the first mile and a half, I slowed down trying to pace myself appropriately. I pretty much felt great the whole entire race, I even caught and passed one of my teammates. During the last mile I pushed hard and just kept thinking that this is what we train for, to run the last mile fast, which is exactly what I did!!!!
56:19!!!! Unbelievable!!!! I planned on 10 minute miles and ended up running closer to 9 minute miles with no pain!!!! Now if I could stay healthy enough to train consistently imagine what I could do!!!!
I hung around the expo with my teammates until about 11:15 am. We did awesome!!! One of my teammates ran the half in 1:19, just unbelievable! We had a lot of fast runners in the half, nobody I could ever come near. The whole team did awesome!!!! Congrats to everyone!!!
It was a great day!! Perfect weather for a race!! I have to give another shout out to Ra who taped my knee on Saturday, his expertise allowed me to run a pain free race and to regain my confidence! Thanks Ra!!! Check out my Expo post to learn more about Ra and how he taped my knee with KT Tape.
Confidence = Success!!! I will be talking more about confidence in an upcoming post!!!
What was your last great race???