First 10K - (race report and lessons learned)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Yesterday was my first 10K. I started running about 2 years ago with the couch to 5k program, running my first 5k in Feb 09. My 2010 goal was a 10k.
I debated calling this blog -- "Somebody's gotta finish last", as that's exactly what I did yesterday. Dead last. I mean, last behind the 80 year old man wearing an IT Band strap who looked more like a galloper than a runner. I followed him, about 40 seconds behind, for the entire race. So, I decided about half way through that I could be disappointed that I was last and give up, OR I could embrace the experience, set and meet my own goals and learn lessons -- and embracing the race is exactly what I did.
My goals for the race were to: run the entire thing, finish in 70 minutes or less, stay hydrated, avoid a migraine and feel proud. I did all of them.
First, I finished in 70:10, but my Nike+ measured the race to be 6.61 miles vs. the 6.2. I certainly like that better because it sets me at a pace of 10:37 which is awesome for me. I'm going to take that one and feel confident that my Nike+ is accurate on my runs.
Second, I ran the entire time. Not even stopping when I thought I got stung by a bee, or during any of the hills (and for the record, I no longer believe race organizers when they promote courses a "flat and fast").
Third, I wore my hydration belt. I felt so RIDICULOUS. I think I saw one other guy wearing one, but I have to say, I love that thing. Being able to drink during my runs has saved me. It adds another set of little goals too. I am definitely one of those people who need to set little goals throughout a run to psychologically get through it. So, typically, I drink at the start of every other son, or at every 1 k. Breaking the race/runs down in little pieces sooooo helps me. And, I think it keeps me hydrated and prevents me from taking in so much fluid that I cramp.
Finally, I felt good at the end. I was able to make it through my son's afternoon soccer game, family dinner and an evening of shopping at IKEA (which seriously has to be an additional 1.5 miles on the pedometer).
This was a good experience. It gave me a different kind of confidence. I am more confident in my strategy, my abilities and my sense of self as a runner. I'm not competitive, I'm never running an 8 min pace race, but I know how to take care of myself and finish proud. And this race also gave me the opportunity to meet fellow sparker CRYSBROWN1. She was amazing. So supportive and boy, can she run! Way to go Crys and thanks so much for waiting around for me -- seeing you at the end was great!
Oh, and I didn't mention my number. NO ONE must register for this little race online. I registered the last day possible online and when I picked up my number I nearly died. I was number 8. HAHA -- I always think of the single digit runners as being elite. It is hysterical to me that I was number 8 and came in last. Maybe, I should have used it as a disguise, like, I'm really a fast runner, who took it easy to be at the end of the pack and ensure that everyone else finished safely. What do you think??? Do you think anyone would buy that?