I trained, I went, and I conquered! ❤ 58:31 for my first official sub 60 10K.
|Not a dry spot on me after the race|
I am relieved.
The forecast had me wigged out. What do you wear in the rain? Skirt, leggings, bare arms, jacket, what shoes? I opened the door when I woke up and it was humid - so as little as possible...
My sweet hubby rides us so we can just jump out of the car. He cruises by so we can hop in when we are done. It's a treat not riding around looking for parking. I am always anxious when I go to events. The rain factor had me feeling way more nervous than normal.
We ran straight to the port of potties and waited quite awhile in line. It was raining, but not down-pouring at least. We barely made it to our wave. We qualified for a seeded wave this year, our wave had 700 people. The walker/joggers waves have 1500. Usually there are about 38,000 participants and numerous spectator bands, cheerleaders, cow bell ringers...this year I think it ended up being about 36,000 finishers. I guess the rain kept some away.
|Waiting in line with Kasey|
|Waiting in line - we were still a little dry|
|Chris and Kasey getting ready to go|
As we were moving forward in our wave I realized I hadn't turned on my headphones and started my play list. As the announcer started pumping us up to leave I realized I hadn't locked satellites on my Garmin....nerves. I don't think or function well when I am feeling that anxious. You would think by now those things would be second nature.
Kasey and Chris were to my left as we were crossing the start line. I was distracted while waiting to hit start on my Garmin. It seemed like an eternity until the satellites locked, but in reality it was about 25 seconds. I kept looking for Chris and Kasey, but I never saw them.
I took off slow because I was distracted, but quickly settled into a pace that felt smooth and not overly challenging. I continued to run mostly off feel until I turned the corner at the half way point.
The course is pretty flat but there is a gradual incline that runs almost a mile before you get to the half way point. The course turns at 3.1 and you run the other side of Monument Ave. I had planned to pick it up after the turn, but the humidity was getting to me and my cheeks felt like they were on fire. The humidity was 94%, the temperature was only about 68 degrees, but it felt icky. I was sort of amazed I could feel that hot. At mile four I took a cup of water. Not long after, I got a cramp on my right side. (I wished I wouldn't have drank now) It was persistent and I tried to focus on deep nose breathing and then tried holding my arms up and it finally started to let up. Mile five it started raining harder and I was feeling disappointed because I saw my slower lap time as it clicked on my Garmin. I did some self coaching and talked myself into pushing on. As I was thinking (worrying about my overall time) and running I saw Chris. I was bummed Kasey wasn't anywhere in sight. I took off for my last fast push at the end and crossed seconds from Chris. We waited and finally Kasey came across. It didn't seem like we waited that long, so I was hopeful she had made the sub 60 also.
When the official times were posted Kasey missed it by seconds. Honestly, it takes some of the enjoyment out of it for me. The perfect way to wrap up a rough race would have been accomplishing sub 60 together.
She still did it an hour!
|The finish line is behind us and all I could think about was a hot shower.|
2012 was the first time I ever participated in anything like this. I didn't even try to run it that year. I walked most of it and ran a little. This motivated me to go try to run a 5K that I ended up walking a little of (darn hills), which motivated me to start seriously working on running. It took along time for me to gain enough confidence to even try running. I just wish I would have started working at this when I was a lot younger.
|2012 - it was hot and sticky and sprinkled very lightly|
|2013 - warm and sunny|
This will be a hard time for me to beat next year! Time to retire?
Do you feel extra nerves at races?
April 12, 2012 Monument Ave. 10K - 1:22:41
April 13, 2013 Monument Ave. 10K - 1:01:40
March 29, 2014 Monument Ave. 10K - 58:31
There's more to this story....my next post will be about what happened after the race.
Sorry this was a wordy one!
Have a fabulous week everyone :)
Happy Trails to you ❤