1. The weather was fantastic. It's been so hot up until last week, and it was in the low 60s and breezy all morning. Perfect weather for a run!
2. The biggest event of this race was the 10k, instead of the Half. The t-shirt was even centered around it. This made me feel a little better about changing events.
I ended up working Saturday, and had a super draining week, so I woke up Sunday morning feeling a little more tired than I had hoped. I was up by 5:30am for a 9:00am start, and force fed myself a tofu/sweet potato breakfast burrito and a small berry smoothie. I love eating, but damn it's hard to eat that much that early. I was determined not to fatigue in this race though. For the majority of the training season, I capped out about 2 miles shy of my total mileage because I didn't get up early enough to eat enough to fuel me. I needed food that would last me until 10:00am, with a 600 calorie loss in there. Luckily, the 10k started an hour and a half after the Half, so I got to "sleep in."
My leg had been hurting off and on, so I taped it with KT tape just in case. Grabbed my tutu and my water and we headed downtown on the light rail. The race started/ended at CityScape so it was nice and conveniently close.
There were 1,100 people in the 10k so the start line was pretty crowded. When the bell went off it was a little bit like being corralled at first. Once we got through the first mile things opened up a bit and it was a little easier to keep my own pace. Started off at a 10:20 pace, which was comfortable. Since we had been working up mileage towards 13, we had been averaging a 10:45 pace, so this was a bit faster. I am usually fearful about starting too fast, since we've been known to start off at 9:50 instead.
At just over 3 miles, Christi and I parted ways. She wasn't feeling well, and my lungs/legs/mind had finally synced up and I was ready to push forward. I also mentally made a note that in the end, I paid $70 for a 10k, so I better bust my ass to make it financially worth it. Oh the thought process behind the poor... ha! But it worked. My leg hurt at times, but it seems like every time I noticed it, I must have made a shift in my running form because the pain went away. I'm doing something, but I don't know what. PF Changs I had no problem. So I'm not sure if this is just residual pain from rolling my ankle and I'm subconsciously doing something to "protect" it, or if I have some funky thing I'm doing in my stride. TBD.
I had hoped to best last year's 10k time (1:04:00), but I finished a little slower than that.
Running may not love me, but it seems to be one of the few things that keeps me sane lately in this crazy schedule I'm running. Channeling all of my stress into working out at least lets me feel like I can control something right now. I found this motivational poster last week, and it's my favorite I've ever found because it most certainly hits the nail right on the head.