Well I made it through the 10k last night. I don’t know why, but I was pretty nervous. I think it was because I felt the need to try and beat my time last year, and I didn’t think I could–mostly because I am coming off of 2 weeks of challenging runs due to busy life/poor sleep and CRAZY heat and humidity!
Yesterday started off pretty good. It was HUMID but overcast. I started to feel better. Then around noon, the skies started clearing and it became hot and humid again (about 89*). I was getting pretty discouraged all afternoon, but then around 4pm the skies clouded over and you could literally see the fog coming in off the ocean. WHEW!
By the time of the race start (6pm) I couldn’t even see the harbor, by the end the fog was THICK–as in, difficult to drive home!
I didn’t beat last year’s time (47:11), but I came annoyingly close, 47:15. That was disappointing to me. I know it seems silly, but that close?!! My legs felt good for the race. I remember having the thought, “I feel like I haven’t run in a while” during the first mile of the race. I started the discussion in my head, that what I meant to say was, “I feel like I haven’t run fast in a while…” The heat and humidity have turned my runs into mental training sessions, in which I was LOSING lately. I continued a challenging mental game for this whole race, including when at mile 5 I ran past my car and considered getting in! Ha! Like I said my legs felt good, but I had a sour stomach the whole race. I didn’t take any water at the stations (I didn’t want to slow down). That might have helped, but I wasn’t sure that it wouldn’t make me sick either. They had water stations EVERY mile–probably due to the extreme the days prior.
All in all, I am happy with my time, and the run. I do feel like maybe next year I want to focus on some of these shorter races (maybe halfs, 10k, 5k). They are fun, and a different type of challenge. Now it is time to focus on some serious hills for Reach the Beach (a ragnar) and marathon training (Indy, Nov. 7!)
Do you like the 1ok distance? Although they aren’t in vogue, like a half marathons and 5ks, I hope to see more of them!