I was going to save my 10k recap for tomorrow but I am so proud of my achievement that I couldn’t wait! I signed up for this race a few weeks ago, and had been trying to get someone else to run it with me. At first I didn’t have much luck, most of my friends hate running :(, until I called my friend Brandy (who is also running the half marathon), and she signed up right away!
I woke up very early Saturday morning, mainly because I really couldn’t sleep anymore. I don’t really know why I was so nervous to run this 10k, perhaps it was because I had a goal and I was determined to beat it. Armed with a good luck hug and kiss from my hubby I headed over to Brandy’s house.
We got all of our stuff together, and Sean drove us to the metro, were we went one stop and arrived in downtown Alexandria. I had brought over some Clif Shot blocks for us to snack on before we started our race. We decided to have the Tropical Punch one before the race because it has caffeine in it. Tropical Punch was delish.
Just a little thought on Shot Blocks: personally for me, these are best before a race. I tried to eat some during the race and it was quite difficult. I think I will stick to Gu energy gels during a race.
We were at the start/finish line about 30 minutes before race start time so we decided to go inside to warm up a bit.
Fast forward to the start of the race, we both had butterflies in our stomachs. You see we both ran the Marine Corps 10k back in October, with similar times, both over an hour. Our only goal this time was to finish the race in under an hour. Back in January I ran 6 miles in under and hour (56:08), so I knew I could do it, but I wanted to beat that time as well.
The race started and Brandy and I were keeping a nice eight minute mile pace, but I was afraid I would burn out. I hit my first wall at mile marker TWO, it was awful, I didn’t think I would be able to finish the race. Before we hit the third mile we saw that people had already begun to turn around and were on their trek to the finish line?! That might have been enough to push me through. Mile 5… “ugh I am totally not going to make it”, that is when I started telling myself something Erik says to me, “anyone can run one mile, you can do it!” I pushed through and finished the 6.2 miles in under an hour, with an awesome time of 54:32(PR)!!!
I was ecstatic! Brandy and I both finished around the same time. I texted Erik and told him my time and he was proud of me too (he was going snowboarding, so he couldn’t come to the finish)! Our friend Sean (Brandy’s husband), came and took us out to breakfast at Austin Grill in Alexandria.
I got an English muffin with 2 eggs covered in spicy queso, and potatoes on the side. It was very good, but also very heavy, I could only eat one half of the English muffin and a few of the potatoes before I felt like I was going to pop.
It was an awesome day, and when Erik got home we headed over to my mom’s house to hang out with my sister and cousin, I wasn’t up for much of anything at that point.
Either was Ella! haha.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!
What did you do this weekend?