I’ve officially completed a 10K! Now my spring break can officially start. Here’s the story:
I was up at 6 a.m. because the race started at 8:30 and it was a long drive. I knew for breakfast I wanted to keep things light, so I made a smoothie!
We headed out a little after 7 when Allen came over. He drove us out to Imperial, Mo. which was about a 30 minute drive.
I had a few goals for this race:
- Run hard.
- Earn a medal for my age group.
- Complete a 10K in under 50 minutes (not necessarily THIS time, but someday.)
The race was SMALL, and fewer than half of the participants were actually running the 10K. The rest were running a 5K. At that point I knew I could achieve two of my three goals.
The course was an out-and-back twice for the 10K participants, and it was really pretty! South County is really hilly and I thought it was really pretty.
Mom and I before the race:
The race got going at 8:30. Here’s the field:
I enjoyed some nice scenery along the way:
I ran my first mile in 8:17, which was off from my sub-50 goal but it felt like a good pace so I didn’t try to speed it up too much. I didn’t want to burn out in pursuit of a lofty goal, so I changed my sights a bit and just focused on running my best race.
6.2 miles is HARD. When you run a 5K, you can take comfort in the fact that it’s all going to be over soon. Not so in a 10K! You have to consider how you’re going to feel after 4, 5 and 6 miles throughout the whole race.
I let my pace drop a bit to closer to 9 min/miles and I felt comfortable that it was a pace I could sustain for 6 miles.
Here are my splits from my Garmin:
Unfortunately I forgot to stop my watch at the end of the race, so I’m not sure what my finish time was. The official results aren’t online yet (if they ever go online) but Allen snapped this photo right after I finished so I think I was close to this:
My official race photographer: