I was thoroughly exhausted last night when I got home from Calgary. The state of soreness and tiredness I was in after the race means only one thing – I ran my heart out. It was such a good day, and overall a really great weekend meeting some fabulous Alberta bloggers.
In case you missed my posts leading up to the race, I wrote about my goals for the race HERE and I recapped the day before the race HERE. Long story short, my goal was to finish the race pain free and with a smile on my face. I should race 10K’s more often instead of those nonsense marathons and halfs because I was done by 8am, just in time for a morning coffee and there was a whole lot less pain! 😀
We got to the race grounds just before 6:30am and got to see the half and full marathoners crossing the start line. It was actually super cool to see and we tried to pick out the runners that started out way too fast. 😉 There were waves and waves of people and it made me just want to start running!
My race didn’t start until 7:00am and I hate waiting around but it actually went by super fast and before I knew it I was lined up and ready to go. There were thousands of people running the 10K which made for a lot of dodge and weave at the beginning of the race. I thought I had situated myself close to the front but I had to pass quite a few people in the beginning which was actually for the best because it kept my pace in check and helped me not burn out at the start by going out too fast.
My foot felt great the whole time, it was just my lungs that were on fire. I hadn’t run that fast in months! I held a steady pace the whole time, which I am getting a whole lot better at than when I first started running, at around 7:30-8:10 min/mile. As you can tell, I had a little bit of juice left at the end, because obviously that will significantly improve my time to sprint to the finish.
It was getting pretty warm out and I am glad I wasn’t out there for longer because I was HOT by the end. By the time the 5K rolled around at noon, it was close to 27 degrees in the sun. I finished the 10K in 49:03 (chip time; 7:50 min/mile average pace) with a smile on my face.
I was really happy with my time and even happier with how I felt after the race – tired and stiff but not in pain. I waited around with my Aunt to watch my mom finish the race, as she was walking the 10K. She did great and although the sling gets tiring after a while, she didn’t further injure her broken elbow!
I would run the 10K just for the medals and shirt… hello, PURPLE.
I know this is going to sound barf-worthy cheesy, but I felt like a winner just making it to the starting line of this race. I was proud of myself even before I started running yesterday because I had come a long way since the beginning of this, what was suppose to be a “marathon training cycle.” Just when I thought I was on the right track with my training and figuring out what worked for me, I was knocked on my ass by a metatarsal stress fracture (I promise I’ll stop talking about this fracture soon enough) and it took a lot of sweat, blood, and tears to recover from it and bounce back to even remotely close to where I was with my running. There were a lot of days that I had to choose to be happy and see the positive in cycling workouts over track workouts and swimming over lacing up on the roads, because running doesn’t define me, despite the title of my blog. 😉 I learned a lot about my mental toughness and how my attitude can really affect the situations I am in. So yes, I was proud of myself for getting to the starting line, but once I crossed that finish line, I don’t think words can describe that feeling.
2015 Calgary 10K
49:03 – 9th in Age Group
Congratulations to all of my fellow Alberta bloggers who ran yesterday, their race recaps will likely be up soon, so check out these sweet ladies and tell them how awesome they are:
Did you race this weekend?!
Do you treat yourself after a race? Massage? Dessert?