race recap: Women’s Health Magazine Run 10 Feed 10 10K

I did it! Saturday morning was my first 10K race, the Women’s Health Magazine Run 10 Feed 10 10K. The night before the race we heated up some of my homemade sauce and meatballs…a race is the perfect excuse for a big ol’ pasta party!

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After a lot of water (and a little bit of wine), I got into bed around 11:00pm, anticipating my 6:00am wake up. I didn’t get the best night’s sleep. While I did log in some hours, I woke up early and kept thinking about my alarm going off, will I make it there on time, etc. Not cool.

My alarm eventually did go off…on time! I got out of bed, threw on my running outfit, brushed my teeth, and rinsed my face. I made a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter for the car ride. I left the house right on time, ready to go!

Now for the real details. I quickly figured out that my Type A personality does not do well with Fun Runs. I showed up and the environment was relaxed, totally not like a typical race. There was no starting line, no finish line, no clock to keep track of time. After going through my training runs and focusing on my running for so many weeks, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t have that big finish line moment. But I had to get over it, I had a run to do!

Anyway, the race began and I just jumped in with everyone at the start. I probably should have waited a bit to avoid that traffic jam of people in the beginning, but I couldn’t wait. We were in two lines on a narrow sidewalk so passing people was kind of impossible. That being said, the first half mile of the race was at a 10:25 per mile pace. Too slow if I wanted to hit my goal of under 60 minutes! Once I could break away from the group I took advantage of the space.

One thing that I love about a race is that my body is always ready for the challenge. It knew that I needed to push. As I was trotting along, feeling good, I noticed that my pace was about 9:00 per mile–much faster than I had been planning for! I decided that due to the rising sun and potential heat that comes along with it, if I felt good enough to push faster early in the race I should just do it since the weather might get hotter and my body might not be able to push as hard at that time.

This race pace tactic proved to be pretty successful–until mile 5. I rounded a bend and suddenly felt a cramp sneaking up on me. It progressed into a full cramp across my whole stomach/abdominal area. I was determined to not let it hold me back from my goal time, but it HURT.

Towards the end of the run the cramp finally started to subside. I picked up the pace at the end and finished with a time of…

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58:55!

I did it! I hit my goal! I now want to set my sights on an official race with a start and a finish line. I want to work on speed and really improve my time. Uh oh, I may have just gotten the race bug!

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