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My First 10K!

Hey all! I just completed my first 10K!  It was my first race EVER actually. I also think it was the longest I’ve ever run continuously. (I guess I never had a reason to run 6.2 miles before?)

Boy do I look exhausted. Haha. I feel great though!

The official results aren’t posted online yet, but I remember my time was 1hr 3: something, meaning my average pace was just over 10 min/mile.  I was expecting right around a 10 min/mile pace, but hoping for more :)

They had a little award ceremony after, where they told everyone’s times and gave out medals for the top finishers. I would have placed SECOND in my age group, if I had only run the 5K.  Instead, I placed like 15th in my age group for the 10K.  There was a gal who completed it in something like 43 minutes, and then she went to run the course another time for the fun of it. Simply nuts. I knew that my odds were much higher of placing if I ran just the 5K, based on the last few year’s results (so few women in my age group ran the 5K before, and it looks like the real racers go for the longer distance, because the 5k is “too easy” — the more “normal” women do the 5K).  So when registering, I was thinking “Do I go for the distance, or do I go for a chance to place?”  I wanted to see what running 10K actually felt like, and Tony signed up for it so I did the “well, if he can do it, I can do it” thing.  I’m glad I did.  A medal would have been nice though :)

I didn’t have a watch or any way to monitor my time (I just went out to complete my first race!), but I think if I had been monitoring it, I would have picked up the pace a bit more on the last half. It always motivates me to know the time, so I can say “I have 10 more minutes to go” or “I only have 2 minutes to go, I’m going to pick it up here” kind of thing.

I crossed the 5K line at right around 30:30, and I felt SO MUCH BETTER during the last half, that I thought I would have easily had a negative split. So I was disappointed when I did not. Looking back, if I had known what my pace was, I would have definitely picked it up to at least match my first half pace (and, like I said, I felt awesome during the last half, I just was afraid I’d burn myself out, so I was a little conservative.)

I learned the following things:

  • It’s really depressing to be passed by a woman with a stroller. I beat her on the first 5K, but she passed me and finished well before the hour mark. Granted, it was clear that she was a runner, but still — a stroller!!!
  • It’s also really depressing to be passed by an 8 year old.
  • The first 2 miles are PAINFUL. But the last four felt great! I felt way better at the end than I did during those first two miles. I’ve always been more of an endurance person.
  • I started out too fast, as I knew I would. It’s hard not to sprint out with everyone else — my lungs felt like they were going to die before I finished the first mile.
  • Those water stations are GREAT for swishing out my mouth and taking care of that horrible phlegm that coats the inside of my mouth EVERY SINGLE TIME I RUN. It then starts to clog my throat and causes me to choke and gag. And it’s super viscous and stringy, so just spitting won’t do the trick. It’s gross.  Being outside, and being able to swish and actually spit it out was great. I may start running more outside — there are no spittoons on the treadmill.
  • I also learned to just swish and spit and not chug the water. I drank the water the first time I passed a station, and I got the WORST side stitch before I even completed my first mile. I was like “OW OW OW, how am I going to make it through another 5 more miles?!?!” Luckily it went away by mile 3.  But I didn’t drink any water after that.
  • I need to be very careful with what I eat before a race. I was burping up a storm the whole time, and my stomach didn’t feel that good either.  I don’t know what it was, I had a chicken salad and granola last night and an orange before the race. The granola gave me OTHER problems, and I know not to eat it, but this is a reminder to myself: Stay away from the granola, Heather.
  • It’s actually kind of addicting to run! That high you get after finishing is kind of insane.
  • The song Paparazzi makes me grin uncontrollably while running.
  • This is the last year I can compete in the 29 and under age group for this particular race. That’s depressing :)

4 Responses to “My First 10K!”

  1. Ross says:

    Congrats on the 10k! You have probably now firmly caught the running bug as there is nothing that hook you more then your first race!

    I was overtaken once by a bloke with one leg (seriously!) when I was running the Cardiff Half Marathon. He was wearing one of those prosthetic legs that have a kind of springy section where the foot would usually be and he was flying along. I know I should have been happy for him but all I could think about was how annoyingly fast he was lol

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  2. amanda hall says:

    Congrats! My husband has a hard time understanding why I want to run long distances, but I think the sense of accomplishment is addicting! I just did my second 10K in July and even though I stopped running after that, I am determined to start again and run in the Ragnar relay (a total of 18 to 19 miles spread over 3 different legs). Congrats again!

  3. Mako says:

    That is funny, I just did mini triathlon this weekend, too. I totally agree about not drinking water during race. I watched what I ate the night before and the day of. I ate rice, lots of rice, with little non-greasy side dish. It was very depressing to be passed by a older woman. I SOOOO agree about the difference between treadmill run vs outside run. There were some constraction, and I inhaled yukky smelly diesel air, and my lungs were having hard time. I could use my inhaler. Difference is that I don’t know if I even want to do it again. I didn’t get the high after the race like you. During the race, I was thinking, “why am I torchuring me? this is a lot harded than what I was training for…” oh ya, the run was uphill all the way while I was running flat on a treadmill.

  4. Heather says:

    Thanks guys! You’re right — it’s the sense of accomplishment that is a real driving factor. I’m very “results” oriented, so the fact that I now have a metric to go by, means I’ll probably want to beat it!!

    Plus, I’m ULTRA competitive, even with myself, so I knew that once I began racing, I wasn’t going to want to stop :)

    Ross – I’ll definitely pop in to check out your running blog, thanks for stopping by and leaving the link!
    Amanda – I’ve had a few friends who did the Ragnar Relay, it sounds tough but great fun too! I totally get the running long distances thing, it’s so much more satisfying then I thought. Now the question is, how much further will I go?!?!?! :)
    Mako – Congrats on completing your first triathlon!! That’s an awesome accomplishment! I really want to do a triathlon soon, I think I have the running and biking down, I just need to work on my swimming a bit. I’ll probably make it a 2011 resolution :)

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