Woot, woot! Today I completed my first official 10k event...and it felt great! It was a lot of fun completing the run with S from book club, and I was totally impressed with her ability even after not having run for the last two months. The race was about twenty minutes behind schedule for some reason, but we lucked out as it stopped raining/sprinkling about ten minutes before the race was set to begin. By the time it got started, we all were chilly and ready to get moving!
S and I started out middle of the pack and then jogged at a conversational pace for most of it. I kept conversation flowing and pushing the pace as we meandered around other runners, and continued telling stories about mile 3 or 4 when S started really feeling it. She'd told me ahead of time that I could run ahead if I wanted but when you're struggling, it's so much easier to have someone else motivating you on. Like a champ she was able to keep with it though and when we hit mile 5, she knew she'd power on so I kicked my pace up almost to a sprint and started passing as many people in front of me as I could before sprinting the last .2 in to the finish. I finished in 1hr 2mins which really didn't feel too bad given the pace of the run for most of the event.
I could feel my knee pulsing the first mile or so and again at the very end, but for the most part, the 800mg of Motrin at 6:30am did the trick. I honestly felt so good at the end that I contemplated trying to round out the day with an easy 4 mile jog with the dogs...but then decided not to push it. I'll probably try to increase my outings again this week if I can and hopefully get in some more decent miles before the end of the month.
Overall the race felt absolutely wonderful though and left me looking forward to trying to find a 10 miler to complete. S also wants to train for a half, so we're going to try to choose one for next spring or summer and then run it together. Woohoo!
And just because it's somewhat related...I have yet to show y'all yet but this is the new sticker I ordered this summer for my Sorento (after seeing the Hurricane Evacuation Plan sticker on D & J's car in Savannah). LOVE IT! (Although I'm sure my public health emergency preparedness folks wouldn't necessarily think it's as funny :) ....and at this point, I'd add a #3 Pray Hard.
Image and ordering info HERE.