As promised my very first race recap! I want to start out by saying, that this was indeed my very first race, and I know some of you have run 1/2 marathons, and marathons, so this 10k might seem like a “baby run”, but to me it is a big deal and I am very proud of myself, so hopefully you are proud of me too 🙂
Also let me bring to your attention the fact that not 24 hours before the race here in DC it snowed:
It did not accumulate to anything, but it resulted in a bitter cold morning. Erik and I woke up Sunday at 6am, groggy and nervous to run/walk a 10k with our lack of training. We debated for weeks if we were even going to go to the race, seeing as how this was something I persuaded everyone to do, and I could not train for it, but we decided to go and see what it was all about. We hopped onto the metro and headed downtown with out hats, gloves and jackets!
I had planned on walking the 10k because I knew that I would not be able to run, but once I got downtown, I felt an incredible energy I cannot describe, I knew I had to at least give running a try. I told myself I would try and run at least 3 miles, then walk the rest of the way. But once I reached the three mile marker, I knew I could keep going, I felt amazing. There is something about running in a crowd of people and seeing the Marines on the sidelines cheering us on that made me feel like I could run forever! I did not have my phone on me so I did not take pictures like I had hoped to when I registered for the 10k, but believe me when I tell you I saw some pretty incredible and inspirational people during my run.
I did hit a wall which I blame solely on the fact that I had not trained for this at all, and the furthest distance I had ever run in my life was 3 miles.. it came between mile 4 and 5. But I pushed through it, and when I saw mile marker 5, I got my second wind. So I ran….. and approached the GIANT hill at the end of the course (seriously who puts a hill at the end of a race…) and the only thing that kept me going up that hill was that I could see the finish line and I wanted to prove to myself that #1- I am capable of running 6.2 miles, and #2- this was the moment I was going to stop letting my car accident run my life. I finished the race in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 33 seconds 🙂
It was an amazing feeling, and I am so ecstatic I got to share this experience with my hubby. We both now have the “running bug”, have since signed up for the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in March. I plan on running a few more races as soon as I am officially cleared to run.
There is a 1/2 marathon training tab on the top of my page, which you can use to follow my training :).
I hope everyone has a great day!