Sunday, October 3, 2010

10K (no photos, just words:)

I did it! I accomplished another one of my goals - completing a 10K. Totally blew myself away when I not only finished, but earned a 1st place medal for my age range - and yes, there were other runners in my age group ;)

Here's how it went down:
7:00am - leave the house -40 degrees - ouch!
7:30am - arrive @ YMCA - 41 degrees - ouch (there were people out there with shorts and a tank on - what?)
8:00am - shotgun and we're off! There's me in my pants, 3 layers of tops, hat, gloves, sun glasses running up Route 36 in Hollidaysburg. People start and keep passing me, but I'm keep a decent pace. About 1/2 way through the course, I was surprised and not only my physical state, but my mental state - I was really enjoying the run. I had no idea where I was in the pack - assuming I was maybe in the back/middle or front of the back. I didn't turn around to see (I was afraid I'd lose my balance and fall). Nice people out on the course. At about mile 4, I started to fatigue and remembered that I could stop running, take a quick breather and pick it back up. I did that twice, not walking for more than 15 seconds. About less than a 1/2 mile from finish line, we had to run a steep hill and I thought for sure that I'd have to walk it, but I pulled in tight, took smaller/slower steps, kept my head down and before I knew it, I was at the top and guess what? The only way to go was DOWN!
8:54:25- crossed the finish line! My goal was to finish in less than 63:30, but to come in in 9:00 under that was AWESOME!!!!
~9:15am - checked the finish/time board.
~9:15:15 - saw my name in the 1st place spot under the female 35-39 slot and just about fell over!!!! WHAT? I double checked and I was seeing it correctly.
~9:30am - went back to the score board to double check if my name was still in that 1st place spot (thinking for sure there was an error)
9:35 - was escorted by my beautiful son, Jackson, as I went up to receive my 1st place medal.
Next race: 5K @ Saint Francis University on Oct 30 - tough course - hilly. Gotta run (time to start training:)
Thanks for reading. Sorry - forgot the camera........

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