What a day! I can’t believe I can run for an hour without dying! It’s crazy. I am so high on life! But let’s back up…
Things got off to an early start, on the road just after 8a.m. for a 10a.m. start. I was excited and nervous because I’ve never done a 10K before AND I’ve never run a race by myself! I was heading to the River Road Run in St. Mary’s. It was super small and casual, lots of local families, no chip timing, no microphones. Just a bunch of runners, running. Oh, and cute kids busting it out for the 3K.
The starting line was literally a line of tape across the road. They started late. There were only 40 or so runners, and I was smiling! The whistle blew and off we went.People were full on sprinting. In that moment, I was terrified. I am not a fast runner, I am a new runner. I just want to finish and not collapse at the end. This was a small, fast, experienced field of runners. I managed to keep my wits about me and after a too fast first kilometre, I slowed it down to an average pace of 9:50 minutes/mile. The course was an out and back, which I find tough. I am too aware that every step I take out is just a step I have to take back! But after the 5K turn around point I was still smiling. It was a quiet, country course that got a little lonely. I was wishing that people would chat more! I tried to talk a bit, but people were pretty into their ipods. Does that bother anyone else? I guess they wanted to PR?! I ended up running with just one ear bud in for most of it. I could only see one girl in front of me for the bulk of the run… I was lonely! I missed running with Mr. Best Things!Before I knew it, I could see the finish line and my lovely parents who were there cheering me on!This was just after I’d done a cheer for them! I was having so much fun, even all by my self!I booked it across the finish line having blown past the two girls I was pacing with for the first half of the race. I finished in an automatic PR (because it was my first 10K) of 1:00:26! I am so happy with that time! I actually finished about 6 or 7th last of all the 10Kers… it was a FAST GROUP! In the end, what a fun and exciting day I had. I have caught the running bug so hard! I can’t stop. I’m looking for a couple more little races before the winter sets in.
Did you race this weekend? Training for anything?