After a week filled with pink eye, a sinus infection and an allergic reaction to antibiotics, I was not feeling super prepared for this 10k Saturday morning. I knew it wasn’t going to be a PR race, but I also felt like it would be good to do it to get myself back on track after 3 full days without running. I was physically feeling better and got 10 hours of sleep Friday night so I was feeling rested and ready to go in the morning.
This was a big race for a great cause. They also do a 5k run and walk, so the majority of the people there were participating in that race, which started at 9:15. It was hot at the start, and only got hotter during the race.
The first mile felt great (and somewhat flat) and I was right around 8:10 pace, exactly what I wanted. Well, it only got worse from there. There were a lot of hills on this course… They were one after the other and my legs were on fire by mile 4. I knew I was slowing down, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to survive the next hill.
I turned a corner, coming up on the mile 5 checkpoint and I looked up and wanted to cry. The biggest hill of the course was staring me in the face. There were a few guys standing at the corner cheering people on and they said “Just don’t look at it, look down!” I was told to never run with my head down, but I took their advice and put my head down and started pumping away. I remember passing 4 or 5 people and all of a sudden I was at the top of the hill and I was running on a flat surface in the SHADE and there was a water station right in front of me. I thought it was a mirage. I stopped for about 3 seconds and chugged some water and then kept running. I felt like a new person… I ran the last mile in 8:21 and sprinted the last quarter mile towards the finish line. I ran a 52:20… about two minutes slower than my last 10k that I did a few weeks ago. I was so happy it was over.
In other news… the Boston marathon was so exciting today. I was on the edge of my seat watching the elite women’s finish!! Congrats to Caroline Rotich on her win. Also congrats to Desi Linden on getting 4th for the women and Dathan Ritzenhein and Meb Keflezighi on 7th and 8th place in the men’s race. Watching Meb run will never get old. I almost cried when he grabbed Hilary Dionne’s hand before crossing the finish line.. what a guy. This is one of the most amazing races to watch and I was tracking a lot of fellow bloggers that I like to stalk on a daily basis 🙂
Those Boston runners gave me a little extra motivation to run faster than usual today.
Did you watch the marathon? Did you know anyone running?
What is the most unique award you’ve seen at a race?