Marvelous is – My very first 10k race! The KRRA Anniversary Run.
The morning started clear and cold. -4C (25F) with the windchill. Dressing for the race would be challenging for me, I had never run in cold weather before. Too many layers and I would be sweating in the first 500 meters, too little and I would freeze. I thought the best course of action would be to stick with my Under Armour ColdGear pants along with my bra, t-shirt and top off with my Saucony Siberious … if I was on the cold side I could run faster to keep warm. It was the perfect choice, not too hot and not too cold. Wearing new running socks on the other hand was NOT my best selection as the raging blister on my right foot can tell you today.
The Mister and I headed out on the 9am ferry to the mainland and reached the race location 45 minutes later. I was still qustioning my decision to run a 10k race when the Mister said “Babe, it’s just 10k you can do this. You know you’ve run farther and longer, you got this.”
Kim met us at the cozy clubhouse and we filled the time chatting about races, kids, sheep, and the Army. Before I knew it they were calling us to the Start line. Popped a couple of PowerBar Gel Blasts and headed outside into the cold.
11am and we’re off. The first kilometer goes by fairly fast, I’m at a 6:27/km pace, much faster than my usual pace and feeling good. Coming into the second kilometer we are headed up hill … a long hill that doesn’t end until the 2k marker. At this point I was feeling some tightness in my leg, took a minute to walk and I was thinking to myself “this is fucked“. Before I even started I was battling that voice inside my head. Again.
After walking for a minute I was ready to run, this time I kept my pace a bit slower than my start and dropped to an average of 7:30/km for the next 3k. Closing in on the 5k mark I took another walk break for a minute of so, I didn’t know it at the time but it was my last walk break of the entire run.I also didn’t realize it at the time but Kim had been keeping tabs on the pace band and noticed my slow down around the 4/5k mark and wanted me to pick it up a bit so she started talking to me, distracting me from the Voice, and picked the pace up without me even noticing! We (she) talked about anything and everything, giving me a guided tour of the neighbourhoods we were running in. I would answer in short sentences and kept running.
6k has us running downhill and along Lake Ontario for half a kilometer only to send us back uphill for the next point five but my pace is steady, averaging 7:21/km for the 6 and 7k mark. Moving from the 7k into the 8k mark it’s all uphill AGAIN.
Seriously, how did they find a course that seemed to be entirely UPHILL?!?
8k marker comes into my line of sight and I haven’t looked at my Garmin but Kim has kept me updated throughout and I know we’re on pace to hit 1:15:00 with a little time to spare. I turn up the speed and close out the 8th kilometer in 7:06 minutes. Around the 8.5k mark I turned on my Walkman and The Ramones come on. It’s like my legs have a mind of there own at this point and they want to start reeling people in. I finish the 9th k in 6:38 and can see the finish line. It takes me 6:25 to get there.
Just like that my first 10k race is over and I succeeded in coming in under my goal time of 1:15:00.
Marvelous is – Beating your goal time by 3:20 and Crushing your personal best by 7:50!
Marvelous is – A great friend offering to pace you to your goal time of 1:15:00 on the morning of your first 10k and then heading home to host her daughter’s birthday party that includes 15 eight year olds! Even without a cape she’s SuperWoman.
Kim, I can not begin to thank you enough for running with me yesterday. I know you said I was easy to pace, not once complaining but if you could have been inside my head at times you would have heard some serious whining! Your kind and gentle encouragement throughout those 10 kilometers was exactly what I needed to beat my goal time and for that I will be forever grateful. YaYa!
QOTD – “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running