10k – check!
I did it! I completed my 2009 goal of running a 10k!!!!
Lets get you started from the beginning shall we?
I woke up Sunday morning still full from my dinner at Qdoba the night before… this didn’t feel like a good sign. I felt bloated and not as confident as I wanted to feel the morning of the race. I knew I needed to eat a breakfast though so I ate my breakfast cookie that I made for myself the night before.
I got to the race about half an hour before the starting time. I didn’t know anyone else running so I walked around, stretched, and try to mentally prepare myself. I was getting so nervous but realized that this was something I should be excited for and to run my best and thats the only thing I can do.
Originally when I decided in January that my goal for 2009 would be to run a 10k I tried to be logical and think of a goal time for myself to strive to reach. I thought about making it an hour. Then I rethought to myself and figured since I ran both 5k’s in about 30 minutes that maybe I should up my time because I had never run 6.2 miles before and I probably wouldn’t be able to keep the pace that I did during the 5k for double the time. I wanted to set a goal for myself that I believed I could reach for my first 10k and work on beating my time in the Annapolis 10k at the end of May. I then upped my goal time to 70 minutes. I wanted to mainly focus on finishing and then later focus on time. This was the longest distance I’d ever run before and this was a huge goal for me personally.
The weather forcast earlier in the week predicted rain for Sunday and I was hoping it would hold off. It did and ended up being the perfect weather for a run.
The hills during the run were killer! it seemed like there was a huge one right before each mile marker. I kept a pretty consistent pace with my milage. The first one I hit it right at 9:00, the second, 8:50, the third was with some killlerrr hills and it was closer to 9:30, I tried to make up for it during the fourth mile and ended up running it in about 8:20, from there on I wasn’t as focused on the time so I stopped checking my watch and figured I was running well and started focusing on the fact that I was going to finish my 10k and I was going to finish strong! At the end of the race it finally was a slight downhill and I ended up sprinting towards the finish line. Here I was thinking i’d be crawling my way through the end but I was finishing strong and hard and with a huge smile on my face!
I completed my first 10k in 56:18 and beat my original goal time by almost 4 minutes! In the women’s bracket I was number 180 out of 590! I couldn’t believe it, I was in so much shock that not only did I finish, but I did well! This gave me such an amazing feeling and was so proud of myself for making this much progress. My mom was at the finish line with Hershey and was cheering me on through to the end. I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome!
After the race I went over to grab some food. I got a blueberry bagel and ate half of it along with a banana. I also grabbed 2 kind bars and an orange to keep for later. Hershey of course was begging for some of my bagel. This dog loves food.
To make things even better I was on the website and I have my first official race picture! I’ve never had one before, so it is something i’m proud to have!
I want to thank you all for being so supportive throughout this whole entire process. I would never have been able to push myself as hard without the inspiring and motiviating words you all have said to me as I was preparing for this race. Thank you so much!
Now that the 10k is over, i’m going to be running the Zooma Annapolis 10k May 31 and hopefully some longer ones after that! Hopefully I can beat my time from this one, and I’m so excited for another running journey. This is making me really want to sign up for the Baltimore half in October. Last year I thought there was absolutely no way I’d be able to run 6 miles, so since I think the same thing about 13.1 maybe i’ll be able to do it! What an amazing feeling!