“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.’ – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25.
2.) Train for and run a 10k in an actual race (i.e., not just run 10k one day at the trail). COMPLETED!
So, here’s how it went down:
My bestest friend, Jenn, called me right before I left work and wanted to hang out. She wanted to go out to eat, but since I’m trying to save money (and because my roommate was cooking and I’m her official taste tester), we opted to go play at the park and then go to Cold Stone. Sure, most 20somethings don’t spend their Friday evenings on playgrounds and eating ice cream, but we’re not exactly average 20somethings, either :).
So… we wound up going to Jeffries Creek Park in town and walking around the neighborhoods near the park. Ironically enough, we saw signs for the race course, and I made Jenn drive the entire course in her car so that I could see exactly where I’d be running.
It was basically through a bunch of neighborhoods, and I figured that would be kind of nice because at least it’s new stuff to see. I mean, if you’re going to run 6.2 miles, you may as well have something nice to look at, right?
After Jenn dropped me off and I ate Alicia’s wonderful alfredo pasta- so sweet of her to make me pasta the night before my race- I just chilled out for awhile and went to bed (Those of you who worry about my insomnia will be happy to know that I slept VERY well, getting about 8 hours of sleep).
Saturday- Race Day
I got up and stretched a little. Fortunately, my legs were fully recovered from the crazy workouts of earlier this week. Guess that’s what a few days off from the gym will do for you. I ate a nice bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and got on the computer to tweet for a little bit before heading out to Briggs Elementary School for the race.
I won’t go into some kind of “Mile-to-Mile” recap like I’ve seen some runners do on their blogs, because basically- I don’t know one mile from the other. I just ran. I didn’t stop any to get water, and I didn’t stop any to walk any (Although sometimes I ran slower than other times, obviously). Each time someone was about to pass me, I said things like “Go ahead and pass- just remember to cheer when the rest of us finally finish!”, and when I passed people, I told them they were doing a good job and gave them thumbs up. I waved at the kids who were doing the 5K with their parents too.
I figure I’ll probably never come in first overall at a race. I’ll probably never run a sub-20 minute 5K. But if nothing else- I will always get to the finish, and I will always be encouraging :). Most people who are running in a local race aren’t there to be competitive anyway- they’re there to have be healthy, accomplish their own personal goals, and have a good time.
A few other were really nice when they passed too. The first half of the course, the 5K runners/walkers were with the 10Kers. This was definitely the tougher part of the race because it had all the hills. At the end of the 5K, the 10Kers all passed by the school, and this older man started to pass me. As he passed, he said “Look at it like this- we’re not doing it halfway like they are”. Then he passed and we went on to do the 2nd half of the course- which was definitely easier than the first half but still seemed to drag on and on.
So, it seemed like I ran forever. I listened to my Ipod (made a special running mix of music just for the 10k), and it was nice to have houses to look at- but it still seemed like I’d been running FOREVER. It sure got lonely out there after the 5Kers finished because there weren’t as many runners around me. Miles 4 and 5 were definitely the hardest ones, but then when I saw the sign for mile 6, I got that little glimpse of hope that I’d soon be finished.
Oh, and I finished first in my age group (Females 20-24), even though there were only 3 of us in that age group. It still counts, right?
After the race, I ate some of the complimentary pasta, which wasn’t as good as Clay’s or Alicia’s, but did hit the spot after 6.2 miles. I hung out for awhile with Clay and PJ (who took these awesome race pictures- Thanks PJ!) and we walked around and looked at all the dogs. There were some totally cute dogs there, because there was also a 1 mile pet walk/run after the 5K and 10K races.
I also want to give a special shoutout to Nick, Sam, Will, Jennifer, Chad, Maria, and Bree, who did the O-Run yesterday! The O-Run is an obstacle course type race that, while shorter than a 10K, is probably ten times harder due to having to push tractor tires, climb over 10 ft. walls, and do other activities that make me sore when I think about them.
After the race I went home, showered, and chilled out for the rest of the day.I actually laid in bed and watched TV- I guess I deserved some time off! Goal #2 of my “13 before 30” is now complete!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” — 2nd Timothy 4:7