It is official. I am now a 10k runner! Yesterday I had my first ever 10k race, and it was fabulous!!!!
Since I really wanted to be prepared for the race, seeing as though even in my training I never did reach 6.2 miles, only 5.5, I made sure to have a super relaxing weekend. Friday evening all I did was relax and watch tv, and pretty much the same thing on Saturday, although I did get to CrossFit to do a bit of mobility and loosen up my hips a bit.
The Super Frog is super awesome and super painful. I have a band around my leg that’s attached to the top of a rig, and then a 25 lb plate on my leg, working to open my hips. 10 minutes on each side. Not the most fun, but my favorite exercise.
After loosening up, I headed to a running store the next city over (15 minutes), to get bibs and shirts for Jaime and I. Grabbed an elf and santa hat for us.
The rest of the afternoon was spent doing light yard work, meal prepping, and then I settled on the couch. First up I flipped between The Notebook and Sex & The City while enjoying ground turkey and a rice cake with peanut butter on it.
I was in bed by 8:40 and the rest was SO nice!
After sleeping straight through the night, I awoke around 6:30, ready to race. I was refreshed, both energy and body wise. After taking two days off from running and getting mobility in, my body was more than ready to run.
Around 7:20, I ate about 3/4 of this Paleo granola packet, and picked Jaime up at 8. So Jaime and I found out on Friday that our 10k was actually a 10k TRAIL race. Totally different than a regular race. I was definitely worried about this, as trails are just harder in my opinion. It was a bit chilly, so I opted for my long sleeve tech shirt that I got for signing up, instead of the Under Armour shirt I bought last week.
The race started out, and we all started running together, both the 5k and 10k groups. The course was gorgeous, with views of lakes, bridges, and also sports games.
I stole all of the nature pictures from my Mom, as I was busy on a mission. My legs felt SO fresh, and it was the best I have ever felt on a run. The course was mostly rolling hills, and by mile 4.3ish, I was thinking that okay, my legs could use flats and downhills.
At mile 5, we hit a pretty decent sized hill, which I was quite annoyed about. At this point, I just kept thinking that if I could make it through 1.2 more miles, than I could shove my face in a bowl of fro-yo. My Mom actually asked me what I was thinking about while running, and my answer was this: I can’t wait to eat fro-yo, halfway there, these views are so pretty, how the hell is the girl on crutches way ahead of me, there is no way that girl on crutches is doing the 10k, I wonder what kind of fro-yo I’ll get, less than a mile left, I am so lost.
Yup, I got lost right near the end, and had no idea what direction to go in. I literally had to stop, and I just stood there turning around in circles wondering where to go. After about 15 seconds of that, a lady came out of the woods and led the way.
And then 30 seconds later I was a 10k finisher! My goal was to finish in under an hour and 10 minutes, and I got an hour and 4 minutes. Wooooo!!! My parents, Kippy, and my best friend Lindsay came to support us, and it was so nice having them there.
After dropping Jaime off and showering, my Mom and I headed out to the movies to drool over James Marsden in The Best of Me. We <3 Nicholas Sparks, but neither of us had read this book, so we both had no idea how the movie would end. It was by far my favorite NS movie, and James Marsden… break me off a big piece of that! It was so sad though.
And after, we celebrated my 10k with fro-yo! This was how I wanted to treat myself for accomplishing a 10k. That and my Mom has NEVER, I repeat, NEVER had fro-yo before. I got mint cookies & cream on one side which was meh, and caramel apple on the other, which was OUT OF THIS WORLD PHENOM. Loaded it with all of the sweets. Oreos, cookie dough, brownies, Reese’s, Butterfinger, butterscotch chips, candy corn, and whipped cream. I enjoyed every single damn bite of this thing. I am going to run 10k’s more often.The rest of the evening was spent watching 27 Dresses again because you just can’t get enough of James Marsden.
This was the best weekend ever, and I am on cloud nine that I challenged myself with a 10k and crushing my goal!
What was the best part of your weekend?