Well, ladies and gents… Guess what happens when you only run twice the whole month prior to running a 10k…
You run REALLY slow.
Final time: 6.2 miles in 1:13:55
Anyways, let me back up to the seriously awesome parts…
Sunday morning, I woke up from a DEEP sleep to a screeching alarm. I had no idea what the heck it was going off for. About 2 minutes later, I realized IT IS RACE DAY!!!! Queue excitement.
I did my standard pre-race rituals and headed out the door all decked out in my neon. NuunKOTB fo lyfe. Word.
I got to Lake Union, found a parking spot, hit up the port-o-johns and still had an hour to spare. Not long after, I saw my NuunKOTB ladies.
We chatted a bit and then Dawn joined us. Before we knew it, it was time to get our race on.
There were a lot more people at this race than I was expecting. There ended up being over 1,000 finishers. It was great seeing such an awesome turnout considering proceeds went to Girls on the Run.
We started running and I felt pretty dang good for such a small amount of training (aka ZERO). I was going at a comfortably hard pace around 10:30-11 min miles for the first 3 miles or so. Right about that point is when my body said WTF are you doing to me?!?!
It felt pretty lame knowing I had lost so much endurance in such a short amount of time but I just couldn’t get my body to handle that pace. So I slowed. A lot. At that point, I just decided to really take in the scenery.
The course was one loop around lake union. There were a lot more hills than I was expecting but there were some great downhills to make up time. A pretty major bonus is that my back didn’t hurt me on any of the uphill climbs!! Thank goodness!!
Funny thing… I hadn’t charged my Garmin since Ragnar. At mile 2 it beeped that the battery was low. It actually ended up lasting the whole race. I thought I was going to be garminless at mile 3.
There was a pretty fantastic downhill and flat path to the finish. As I came around the corner, I saw my NuunKOTB ladies there cheering me on. That put a huge smile on my face.
So, it wasn’t the most amazing race in the world, but since it was my first 10k, I got an automatic PR that I have big plans to crush in the future. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Proceeds went to a great cause, I got to see running buds, and there were some gorgeous views. You can’t beat starting your Sunday out like that.
Goodness I love running… Even when it beats me up, it still makes me want to come back for more.