Warning: sorry for the blurry cell phone photos. They really look great on my phone, I swear!
So, on a whim, I decided to run a 10K on Saturday. My friend Wende decided (with a little arm twisting from me and her running boyfriend) to run it with me.
We got lost on the way there so I was glad we left early and were car pooling.
We were parked behind that white roofed building and this was the street we were meant to turn on. THIS close! We laughed when we realized how close we actually were. (cell phone pics by the way, sorry!)
We showed up and registered. Got a shirt in just about the right size, bonus. Found out we were supporting a local Christian school. Double bonus. I saw they had post race donuts on hand. YESSS! We lined up and they had a gun to start us off. Although, no tape, no start line…just people lined up to start. It was wonderful. There were maybe 20-25 people in the “race” and there were students from the school (we assumed) manning every water stop (about every mile).
It was Wende’s first 10K and we rocked it! We ran about 3-4miles with the last two of those ran into the wind. Which you know is hard. So we walked a little. Talked a lot and finished in about 1:15ish. Very nice. Very fun run!
We got to the table and the gals had put away the donuts. I put up a pout finding out they thought no one would have wanted the donuts and they had put them under the table. So they pulled them out for me and we grabbed a donut and a Gatorade and headed to the car to walk a bit and find our phones. We walked back to the table to ask one of the nice ladies to take our pictures after finishing our first 10K together. This guy behind us said , “Do you want me to set up the tape and you can run through it?”. Um, why yes, stranger, yes we would! Behold the best post race photo ever:
I took the morning off on Sunday and worked Sunday evening. Monday I set out for my 10miler. I wanted one more before the 1/2 on May 2nd. Here’s my run in pictures… On the way, at a stop light. I do not drive and photo myself while driving, duh.
After one mile, I’m holding up a finger (a polite one) to mark the occasion. Took this while running…that’s why you can’t see my #1.
Mile 2, still feeling good:
Around mile 3-4 I knew I’d started out too fast and was not hydrated enough cause I started getting that thick ropey saliva that makes you nauseous when you swallow…felt like this:
After mile 5 I returned to my car, polished off some more of the Gatorade and the last 3/4 of the cliff shot in chocolate. Made a few disparate phone calls for motivation.
Game face. Gotta do it. How will I feel race morning when all I had was that walk run of a 12miles?
Mags (my sister) texted me “you can do it” and I was off. I texted her back this photo, but I was in pain. Feeling ugh. Knowing that I was getting this done though was good. I walked a few times. Disappointed. But happy that when I was in my “pace” I was running 10:10-10:40. Just couldn’t hold it for very long.
Wishing my car was closer by:
Coming up to the last hill, I walked it. I’m not ashamed:
Meh. I got 10.1 ish miles and my Garm-ie was off. After 2.75miles ish it stopped, started itself over and pissed me off. When I paused for a photo later, it didn’t restart for a while after I had been walking/running for a few minutes.
Cat on my lap, romance-y novel, feet up on the deck. Yeah.
Mile splits were funky, thanks Garm-ie. Here’s what I have:
I’m not sure how correct those are, but I know it was a little over 10miles which is good enough for me. Look at those first two speedy-ish miles!