So-my quick phone version 10K race report! Believe it or not, I am coming back to the land of the living today but the computers won't be ready until late this afternoon, my husband has his laptop at work, and I know I won't get around to this until the weekend with work if I don't put something down NOW.......By the weekend I will be absorbed with virtually cheering for Amanda in her marathon, Jill in her attempted suicide AKA 64 mile ride, and physically cheering for my hubby and my daughter and a few good friends in their 5K and this little 10K will be of little interest. This is going to be a totally untraditional race report in bullet point format because....just because. Perhaps I will expand on it later when I can get some flowing thoughts and actually see what I'm typing!
*Official time 41:39 (not much official about a stopwatch and a short course....6.15 miles) Anyway, 2nd overall female. First was 38 something, third was 48 something so sandwiched way comfortably in the middle. Splits: 6:35, 6:55, 6:38, 6:54, 6:55, 6:52, 5:05. I had mentioned I wanted to be in the 42's. I truly wanted to break 42 but would have been happy under 43.
*The weather was misty rainy but not cold or windy.
*Prior to the race I dropped my ipod down the port 'o potty hole. It was clipped to the front of my shorts and I forgot and down it went.... I said 15 bad words and bruised my knuckle on the door. I was SO upset. I can run without music for a marathon. I can run without music anytime but since I had PLANNED to listen to music and had a playlist ready, this was just aggravating and started me off in a bad place....I also took the opportunity to blame it on my husband and was mad at HIM because I dropped my ipod.....I seriously wouldn't even line up by him at the start because he told me to settle down-ha ha!!
*Took a Pineapple Gu Roctane before the race. First time I've ever taken a Gu before a race.
*My husband was also running this race and I got to stare at his butt for about 5 miles until I couldn't see it anymore...He was inadvertently pacing me and I'm certain I wouldn't have run the same pace without him in front of me....
*Course-HILLY but I liked it! I really think I run so much better AND faster on hills, even uphills. I'm SO much more cautious of my running form and downhills just seem almost like walk breaks. OK- walk breaks is an understatement, but definitely mental breaks for me.
*Mile 1- uphill and it was my fastest mile. I was a bit worried about crashing after I saw my pace since I'm usually more progressive. Mile 2 I was tired already or at least beginning the mental battle. There was a turn around this point with a guy on an ATV pointing us where to go-hick race....I almost asked for a ride (seriously considered dropping out at mile 2-C'MON!!) My mind was NOT cooperating here.
*Mile 3, a long downhill-great timing as I felt much better quickly and started thinking it was all good.
*Mile 4, no memories but getting in a groove I think.
*Mile 5, wanted to drop out. Felt like SHIT. Tired. I had 33:52 written on my hand as a mile 5, 42 minute split. I glanced down and saw I was on pace, felt a little rejuvinated and plugged on...
*Mile 6, burped up puke in my mouth. Not sure this classifies as actually puking but it was GROSS and gagging and I would sold my soul for water to rinse my mouth out.
*Final .15-EVERYTHING in the tank laid out there.
*Made a solemn vow to never run another 10K. (I've made many a solemn vow like to never have another child after number one...to only browse in the Lululemon store etc....)
*Thrilled with my performance and VERY proud of myself for my effort.
So, there you have it. Short, choppy, unproofed but out there anyway!! Congrats to Britt on her killer 10 mile!!!