Well, I did it y’all! I ran a 10k. And I mean ran… I didn’t stop to walk at all during any of those 6.2 miles! Woot!
For various reasons, I didn’t have anyone cheering me on at the actual race (though a few texts and Snapchats throughout made me smile!), so more than ever this run was definitely a mental challenge for me. I am always pep talking myself through long runs… So while it’s all still fresh in my mind, I wanna recap the race mile by mile and let you know what was going through my head
First off, I popped out of bed at 7:45 and headed to the kitchen for my pre-race meal of champions:
Sprouted whole wheat toast + Nutella, and a serving of fitmixer Clean Energy. I almost always have this before my long runs on Saturday mornings, and I have had a lot of success with it. I even take it on Saturday mornings sometimes to avoid hangovers…. #truestory
After getting dressed and trying to figure out how to attach my timer to my Lock Laces (ugh), I headed over to Capitol Mall.
At 9:11am (It was a 9/11 Memorial run), we were off!
Mile 1: Whoooaaaa people get outta my way! Alright. Passed all the slowpokes…now who should I pace myself with? I need to keep it slow. That girl looks like the same general size/athleticness as me…Hmmmmm….But what if she’s running the 5k? She’ll be going too fast…It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Where are the 10k runners??
Mile 2: Whoops, my split for the first mile was 9:27. (I usually aim for 10 minute miles for my first couple) Cool your jets Katie!!! You’ll regret it come mile 4! There have already been like 2-3 hills…I hope there aren’t many more. I can’t believe I don’t have a sidecramp!
Mile 3: (This is where it started getting tough. A lot of the course looped through the same spots more than once, so we went back over the hills from earlier.. And then some) WHAT. THE. HELL. Halfway through, Katie, HALFWAY THROUGH. Mile 2 was slightly slower than mile 1, might as well just keep that pace now. Even though your legs are already feeling like jello…
Mile 4: Alright, you slowed down to a 10 minute mile for that last one, but you’ve gotta step it up here!! Actually get some damn water at the 4.5 mile mark so you don’t crap out like you did in Manteca last weekend! So. Many. HILLLLLS. You’re heading back over the bridge into downtown soon, that’s a good sign.
Mile 5: The water helped. Feelin’ good now… running through the flat, shady mall has never felt so good.
Mile 6.2: Just gotta finish strong. But wheeeereeee is this damn finish line?! We better not be making a full loop here… please, I swear to Buddha the finish line better be right there when we turn onto 4th Street….
Chip time: 1:02:27
In my 20-29 age group, I finished 21st. Not too shabby.
Unfortunately, my goal was to finish in 1:00:00, so I didn’t quite get there. This is because of several factors… First off, my first 2 miles were waaayyy too fast. I felt like I was going slowly, but I started at a pace that was definitely too fast to maintain. Secondly, I definitely should have done some of my long training runs on the actual course. I had no idea how many hills there would be! We went over several bridges (that are somewhat elevated), past Old Sacramento where the street dips down, and along the River Walk, which is down along the river below the sidewalk/street level. My legs were definitely not happy about the hills!
Regardless of my time, I feel great for finishing and I can’t believe I can now say that I’ve run 6 miles. Just 3 months ago I NEVER thought I’d pass the 5K/3 mile mark…It’s just a testament to how practice and planning can help you achieve more than you’d ever expect!
And for all my hard work, I decided it was definitely necessary to #treat
yoself (myself), and got a luxury pedicure! Win. Sorry, bank account.
Hope you’ve had a great weekend! Go 49ers