After I crossed the finish line of my first 10K, I immediately knew I wanted to do another one.
Okay, maybe not *immediately*. But as soon as I caught my breath and got a drink of water. I really do think racing is addictive like that, and this 10K was just too good to pass up.
Run Like a Nut is four races, so there’s really something for everyone. You can run anywhere from 1 mile to 13.1 miles. Or walk- it’s all good. The race is held on the same day as the South Carolina Pecan Festival, so it’s pretty cool to run and then go to the festival.
I worked hard training for the race, but I still didn’t take it *too* seriously. I guess I had a “been there, done that” mentality but also the idea that I didn’t want to hurt myself and above anything else, I need to stay well. I did more boot camp classes and fewer runs (I only run every other day now).
I wasn’t nervous or scared about it either, until I checked the weather forecast a few days before and saw what the temperature would be.
6.2 miles? No sweat. 39 degrees… that’s somethin’ serious, at least when you’re from the dirty south. I made sure to wear Under Armor, pants, and even gloves. I wore ‘throw away’ gloves, meaning they were the kind from the $1 bin at Wal-Mart that you can easily toss beside the road and your wallet won’t shed a tear. I ended up keeping them on the *entire* race.
The sun was out, but there was a bit of a breeze, so like Phillip’s Ipod Touch says, it really felt like 36. Breezes are cool when they power you down hills, but they’re not cool when they’re blowing cold air toward you and you’re already freezing.
So, at 9 AM, after 3 days off from running, a breakfast of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, water, and a caffeine chew, I was off, along with my friends Emily and Chuck who also ran the 10K, cheerleaders Nick and Steven, and photographers Karen and Phillip.
The run was pretty awesome; I ran the entire time, and I don’t wear a fancy watch or anything, so I never know my time or pace. I like to be surprised :). I passed two girls at mile 3 and didn’t look back, just kept running. I ran the course a few weeks ago as practice, which was good because I knew roughly where to go, and there were lots of turns.
Then, on the last leg of the race (probably that last .2), those two girls somehow caught up with me and we battled it out until the end. Seriously- it was like dirty look, running surge, dirty look, running surge. They both passed me on the last turn to the finish line, and I just sprinted it out to the end. Whatev, they only beat me by a few seconds.
So, I crossed the finish, and unfortunately, there was no huge clock to tell me how fast I ran. I was out of breath and Nick went inside to immediately get me water- thanks for being so considerate, Nick!. I caught my breath, cheered on the other finishers, and PJ and I tried to figure out my finish time by the clock on his camera (which was less than 20 seconds off of my actual time).
Run Like a Nut 10k- 56:38 (9:09 mi/pace).
I beat my previous 10K time by over 7 minutes and my practice times (all of which were on a treadmill and definitely NOT in 40 degree temperatures) by over a minute.
I also spent lots of time hanging out with my awesome friends at the finish line. So glad I had them there to cheer me on during the race, take pictures, get water, and hang out at the festival. You guys are awesome!
After cheering on the rest of the 10K and half marathon finishers, I got cleaned up, warmed up, and ready to go to the festival. I’m glad that the finish line was across the road from the Florence County Public Library, which has very nice *warm* restrooms. Karen and I walked back to the race, where I got my time and was pleasantly surprised.
November 8, 2010: Today, I’m thankful for surprise victories and sharing those victories with awesome friends.
I’m proud that I did the Run Like a Nut 10K, and proud of everyone else who did it too. At first, I didn’t know if I’d be able to pull off those hour long practice runs. Fortunately, I’ve felt a LOT better over the past 3-4 weeks. I’m glad I trusted my instincts, listened to my body, and took a chance on doing the 10K.
Bet you can’t guess what distance I want to tackle next… *winks* ;).
(All photos in this entry, minus the one of Emily and I, were taken by Phillip Guyton of True Light Photography. Check him out for all your photography needs, unless it’s on March 5, 2011, when he’s booked for my wedding.)