I ran my first race since June 22nd on Saturday and I jumped right into it: 10k.
I was nervous because about 2.8 miles was the furthest I ran non-stop since June 23rd (24th?) and I really only started running again 3 weeks ago, but like I said in previous posts… this would be the challenge. Physically, I knew I could do it without a problem but it was going to take a lot of mental motivation to keep pushing through the fatigue I knew I’d experience.
I went alone to the race because my guy was in bed super sick, but next year somebody is running or walking this with me. I love the race. It’s not a fun course — super boring — but the atmosphere is great. There’s a lot of people, a lot of cheering, a lot of families, and a lot of great food. Plus, it’s for a great cause (Roswell Park).
So, my plan was to watch my Garmin and don’t go out as fast as I typically would, all while running properly. I ran sans music (mostly because I forgot to charge my Shuffle) but it didn’t bother me too much. I started out mid 8:xx and felt good. It was nice to not worry about dodging people to get my 7:xx pace (and I really need to stop doing that anyways).
The entire race my heart was pretty high, but my breathing was calm and relaxed. I ran the first 5k properly but I fatigued easy. It became difficult to even maintain a 9:xx pace. I tested out running incorrectly (ah, damn heel striking!) and I was then easily able to pick my pace back to mid 8:xx and I wasn’t fatigued, so I just kept trotting along incorrectly. I know it was bad of me, but I also know what I ran this course in last year while I was training for my first half marathon and I really wanted to beat it.
I did, by about :30. Granted, I ran my 10k’s in the Buffalo Half Marathon quicker, but I’m happy with it. I came in 10th in my age group witha time of 53:37, averaging 8:39 per mile. I was 29th in my gender.
I’ve been pretty tight since and my calves were sore for a few days, but it was a pain that was all worth it. I told my therapist today that I ran the 10k and he was happy with it. So, I suppose I’m in the clear to just proceed and run as I want.
How awesome is that?