Mother’s Day 10k Recap

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!

Happy training!!



One Comment Add yours

  1. Awesome job Jill! Way to keep going even when you felt like stopping! I’ll be chasing sub 50 for a while, but this is inspiring! 🙂


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