My race today was pretty much as close to perfect as you can get. 🙂
Beautiful Weather, Beautiful Course, Amazing Time…what more can a girl ask for in her first 10k?
Since the race was a ‘short distance’ I decided to go balls to the wall and ended up smoking my goal time of ‘under an hour’ coming in at 54:32!!!!!!! It was AMAZING the whole race I was totally in my game and was not holding anything back. I can honestly say I am officially in the best shape of my life right at this moment. and I could not be happier!
But, let me start from the beginning!
I started my day at 5:30 this morning with my favorite pre race meal to begin with.
A small bagel with Cashew Butter and Apples! I can always count on this combination to hold me through any good run.
When I woke up this morning I was little scared when I needed to put a jacket on to let my dog out, but as soon as the sun rose the temp climbed to a cooling 65 degrees, which was a perfect for the 10k run. The course was laid out through this cute town called Celebration. For those of you who have never heard of Celebration its basically Disney World in the form of a town. Think Truman Show living. 🙂 It’s so cute you want to pinch it to see if its real!
I ran into Caitlin as soon as I parked my car and we went to collect our packets. While collecting our packets I saw some familiar boxes.
Free Larabar Samples, Score! We grabbed a couple of handfuls, unfortunately the flavors they had were not my favorite, but I still take free Larabars when I can get them.
Once we were suited up with our numbers and time chips one of Caitlin’s readers, Mary Jo, came to greet us and say Hi!
She was here with her Husband and two kids really pumped for the run. She was aiming for a 9min 30sec pace! We tried waiting for her at the end, but never saw her come in. But I am sure she did great!
We made it to the start line right before the whistle and lined up between the 9 and 10 minute milers. At this point I really did not know where I would pace so I was hoping I was in the right spot.
As the whistle blew, one of the volunteers started to blast the Rocky Theme Song and I just felt this burst of energy inside of me. I was pumped! I knew at that moment that this race was going to rock!
Mile 1 – 8:30 – I could not believe it when I passed the first mile marker and saw my time. I wanted to jump up and down in glee. A couple of weeks ago I tried to run a Mile at full speed and only got to 8:17 so to complete my first mile around that time and still feel like I could pull it out, rocked.
Mile 2 – 17:04 – I really need to wear a stop watch during my runs. It was killing me not knowing the time between mile markers. I also discovered how bad my math is while I am running, I kept trying to break down minutes per mile in my head and just ended up with a big bunch of numbers that didn’t make sense.
Mile 3 – 26:32 – I saw this time and realized I was smoking any previous 5k time I had. I started thinking how I need to run a 5k in the future just to see how fast I can go.
Mile 4 – 35:15 – I kept repeating to myself that I had 2 more miles to go! I could feel my pace slowing a bit, but knew that I had given myself such a good buffer that it was ok.
Mile 5 – 44:40 – I started to speed up after this mile marker, but once I started I knew I had to hold back or I would not make it the last mile. At this smile I also had a Firefighter in full gear pass me. I was thanking myself that I was not him at that moment.
Mile 6.2 – 54:32 – FINISHED! I Can’t wait to see the finish line photos of myself with my arms in the air. 🙂 I had never been happier at the end of the race. I knew I had completed an awesome race and totally crushed any goals I had set for myself. Caitlin was waiting and cheering for me at the end, she had only finished a minute before me!!
After the race I enjoyed 2 orange slices (before I grabbed my camera) and a nice refreshing bottle of water. We also went Tent shopping for free stuff.
I got my Body Fat Measured.
They did the calibrator thing where they take measurements with the fat squeezing tool (I know that’s not the proper name, butt hat’s how I remember it) 🙂 I am not sure how accurate this is. According to this paper I am in the Fair catergory for body fat percentage. I have been working my butt off for the past year to be one step above poor? I don’t think so. I take this new information with a grain of salt, thank you.
Caitlin had her knew looked at by a Orthopedic Doctor.
Basically he told her everything she was doing for her knee was perfect. She had a not so great experience with a not so great Orthopedic Doctor in the past, but this one seemed more sensitive to her desire to run. He seemed very knowledgeable and if I have any future sports injuries or problems I will definitely be looking this guy up.
After the race I headed to Whole Foods to pick up the BSI prize ( Don’t forget the deadline for entries is 8:00 pm est today!)
While browsing I treated myself to a Top of the Morning Muffin and some fruit salad. I may have ate this a tad to fast as my belly start aching immediately afterwards. Ooppss.. oh well, it was still good and totally worth it!!
I have no more set plans for the rest of the day. Yay!!! So I am going to relax with Abbie and enjoy my Sunday! I hope everyone else is doing the same 🙂