Going into this race, I was super excited. I haven’t raced a 10k since 2011. It was also between the time of half marathon recovery and restarting training. After the major spring races, I always like to run some shorter races. The good thing about this 10k was that it was small and local so I didn’t have to travel for it. It was the strangest feeling getting up the morning of the race and not being at a hotel!! It was a nice change 🙂
I got up at 6:15 AM the morning of and enjoyed my avocado toast with eggs and a cup of coffee. I never like to feel rushed, so getting up early is key. My husband and I left around 7:30 to give me enough time to pick up my bib
After picking up the bib, we hung out in the car for a bit while I ate a banana and a protein bar. About 20 minutes before the start, I warmed up for 5 min, stretched, and made sure to use the port-a-potty one more time (priorities!). Took my Gu 5 min before the start and we we’re off.
The course is about two loops around a local park. I’ve done many training runs there, so it was very familiar to me. The hard part is all the rolling hills. I started out a little too fast (something I’m trying to work on), but I held that pace for the first loop. I’m not saying it was easy, because holding a 7:50 ish pace for 3 miles is tough for me and all the rolling hills makes it harder! I started slowing down the second loop, but kept trying to put in pushes when I could. I saw my husband after the 4 mile marker and I told him I was done running and I wanted to stop! I was really feeling tired and my legs were starting to feel heavy.
(Riding the struggle bus haha)
The one thing I struggle with is slowing down when I start to feel pain or when I feel tired. Pain is inevitable during races and it took me a long time to realize that. I used to associate pain with weakness, but it’s the complete opposite. Pushing through when your legs don’t want to move anymore is called strength.
The second half of the race I was really feeling it. My legs were just like, ‘nope, don’t want to do this anymore.’ Overcoming that mental block was SO hard. I can’t even count on my fingers how many times I just wanted to slow down and walk. I may have slowed down a little bit, but I didn’t stop! Whenever I felt the urge to slow down, I made sure to pump my arms harder and focus on my form. Every now and then, I would get a second wind and it made me realize I COULD do it. The difference between this race from others was that I accepted the pain and knew that it was going to be there until the end.
The last 0.2 miles of the race was a straight stretch and probably the longest stretch ever haha. Seeing the clock knowing I was sub 50 min felt amazing! If I did stop and walk a couple of times, I definitely would not have made it!
I was SO proud of this time. I gave it 100% and more. It was the first time I didn’t give up when my mind and body told me to.
The good thing about small, local races is that you can win in your age group ;). Another amazing feeling because this NEVER happens!!
It was such a happy day and I loved that I could push through the pain. Big shout out to the guy below for always being at every race 🙂
Now that’s over, I have my sprint triathlon at the the end of June and half/full marathon training starts!! But first, I need to get over my stomach bug!