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First 10K under my belt, WOOT!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I did it! I ran my first 10K race today. I feel pretty good, although I'm definitely sore and tired.

Thanks for everyone's advice on my last blog. I did rest on Friday--I did an easy 2.5 mile run on Thursday, which I probably didn't need to do. My legs were pretty fresh this morning, but they might have been better without Thursday's run. Live and learn.

I thought I was pretty good at gauging my pace and not following the crowd, but I guess not. I ran the first two miles at sub-10 minute splits, which for me is quite fast. When I got to the 4 mile marker, I was seriously dragging. I swear that the mile between markers 4 and 5 was improperly measured--it felt like 10 miles, LOL.

After mile 5 people started passing me like crazy. I know I slowed down, but not that much, so people who started slower than me had more of a kick left toward the end. I was able to give a slight kick within sight of the finish--there were lots of people cheering, including some friends, so that was energizing.

I didn't want to put any pressure on myself with a time goal, just finishing (and running the whole thing) was enough of a goal for me. But secretly in the back of my mind, I was hoping to finish in less than 65 minutes. I did it in 64:30, so I was very happy!

Now I need a nap.
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    Oh my, your time is amazing!! Congratulations on your 1st 10K!!!

    3444 days ago
    Great job!!
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  • no profile photo CD7133412
    Way to go on your first 10k!! That's an awesome accomplishment! I hope to do a 10k myself later this year or early next. You did great with the time too! Congrats to you friend!
    3444 days ago
    I'm so glad that your event went well. Look at how much learning / training you received on the day of the race!


    I'm sure that this is merely the first of many running events to come. I can't wait to hear about what you have planned next!
    3445 days ago
    Outstanding. So glad to read this; congratulations.

    I liked this note: "I didn't want to put any pressure on myself with a time goal, just finishing (and running the whole thing) was enough of a goal for me. But secretly in the back of my mind..."

    I've done the same thing. Makes for a nice cherry on top of a great experience.

    Again, congrats. Now that you've got the first "fun run" under your belt, now comes the competition with yourself to improve. Don't forget to find the fun in that too.
    3445 days ago
    emoticon !!! Congratulations on finishing your first of many many wonderful races !

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    3446 days ago
    Nice to get in under your "mental goal" time! Starting out quickly is so easy to do in a race, w/ all the runners and excitement of the event, it's a good lesson to learn...
    3447 days ago
    Congratulations! You've certainly earned your nap!
    The great thing about running any distance race fort he first time, it's always a PR (personal record).

    I think your time was fantastic! My first 10K (at age 48) was 65:43. I'm hoping for a PR in my next 10K (my 8th) on October 30.

    It's very common to get caught up with the crowd running and it takes a lot of experienced discipline to hold back. You'll do better next next on that part.

    In the mean time, bask in your awesome accomplishment!
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  • JCP1979
    Congratulations!!! That is fantastic! Having completed a 10K is quite an accomplishment, and even under your "secret" goal time of 65 minutes! It really is inspiring. I have thought about doing some races but have never gotten around to it - guess I should :)

    3447 days ago
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