As you may know from reading my blogs, today was my first ever 10K. I’d completed over twenty 5Ks over the last 3 years but I never really thought about going further, until I joined the Run For God group at my church. With their help, I completed my first 5K in 2 years this past December and then they encouraged me to join the next level program to run a 10K or Half Marathon. I knew I was not ready to jump to a Half so I agreed to join for the 10K, while secretly telling myself I would just under-achieve and drop out before the race. Well to my surprise and joy, I was able to stick with the program and today I completed the 10K.
The weather was beautiful and the air was electric with everyone lining up at the starting line. There were three other ladies running the 10K (two significantly faster than me) and two more running the Half. I set my phone to run 10 x 1km intervals so I could keep track of my pace. The command was given and we were off, I tried to make sure not to start too fast so I would have something in the tank at the end but as usual I clocked my fastest interval at the beginning. I slowed down and leveled off for the next few intervals and then slowed to walk at the Gatorade/Water stations. I was doing pretty good until the halfway mark, there was a pretty long hill and I had to slow to walk for most of it. I picked back up my pace and was doing good again until interval 9…there was a monster hill! It’s just not fair to create a course with such a significant hill that late in the race (just sayin!). Of course I had to walk most of it – cursing the whole way – and then decided I needed to run the final interval if I had any hope of hitting my goal of under 1:20.
As I approached the finish line I could see the clock and knew that I had accomplished my goal, it was now a matter of by how much. I tried as hard as I could to put a little kick in my step but I’m not sure how much of a difference it made 🙂
My app says I finished in 1:18:19, the ChipTime says 1:18:48. Either way – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Place Div No. Name Age S City St Chiptime Pace
663 19 3708 Sharon 52 F Lake Wylie SC 1:18:48 12:46
Of course, now the RFG group wants me to join them for the Myrtle Beach Half in October…I’ll need a few days to process this first! LOL