Hi everyone, guess what???? I DID IT!
Thank you so much for the encouraging comments on yesterday’s post (10K Jitters) they really helped me out before and during the race. The Brooks Adrenalines were freaking fantastic, I didn’t have any pain in my hips (beyond normal running soreness.) I wore them with some old arch support inserts I had since the guy at the running store advised me not to wear the custom inserts in the race because I need to get use to them. I kind of had a mild freak out just before because they were causing my socks to slip off when I walked. I went back and forth between putting in the high arch support and the cushiony athletic ones, but I stuck with the arch support since now I know that my flexible arches are what causes me to rotate inwards (leading to hip pain). Definitely a good choice on my part, and my socks ended up being fine.
My pre-race meal was a good one, Eizekel cinnamon raisin bread with sun butter and banana.
Miles Recap (according to my Nike Trainer Ap):
Mile 1- 10:32
I was thinking about my hip mostly, if I was going to need to stop and walk. I was also bursting with adrenaline and trying to maintain an easy pace at the same time. So many people around, some passing me, as I passed others it felt chaotic.
Mile 2- 9:57
Lots of people watching and still running easy. Got passed by a mom with a stroller doing the 9K. I laughed to myself because I had been waiting for that to happen. Took a 15 second hip rest-walk-water break.
Mile 3- 9:53
Thinking to myself I’m halfway done and I’m going at my treadmill pace. Still wondering if my hip is going to give out. Trying to focus on where they are telling us to go, I’m pretty sure they changed the route slightly the morning of. Got passed by a dad with two kids in a stroller, he was a beast the determination in him amazed me. He even stopped to wipe his kids nose at one point then passed me again.
Mile 4- 10:09
Now I’m getting really worried about my hip. Took some water and walked for 15-20 seconds, made me nauseous, don’t want anymore water.
Mile 5- 10:03
I realize my hip is going to be fine, I’m a little tight but I feel good.
Mile 6- 9:47
With the confidence that I had absolutely no hip pain and the finish line coming up I picked up the pace. I couldn’t wait to see Paul to tell him my hip didn’t hurt! Ha ha I’m such a dork
10K in 1:03:53 for an average of 10:17 (except my nike trainer thought I did 6.4 miles, I had to calibrate it so whatever ha ha)
Paul tried to take a picture of me crossing the finish line but apparently he was surprised because I was sprinting the finish (7mi/min) so he didn’t get a good one so we just took some after.
After the race they had some goodies including in kind bars, peanuts from Texas Roadhouse and a spread of fruit and bagels. They also had Mojo frozen yogurt which Paul and I shared because it was mostly pretty runny and melted but still oh so good. Since I wasn’t really into the food and Paul was meeting his parents for breakfast we stopped by starbucks on the way home for a studying treat for me.
Grande Caramel Frappaccino light with 2 extra shots and extra caramel in a Venti Cup. Now thats what I’m talking about people, thats a real post race treat!
Today I’ve got LOTS OF STUDYING on the agenda, prepping food for the week, and baking cookies.
Question of the Day: It seems many of my readers are runners too, I’d love to hear about your experiences!
What is your favorite post race treat?
I like the Starbucks, extra caramel frap light makes my day but you know what I would really want if I didn’t have to study today? A nice cold beer, preferably a Blue Moon!
How did you feel before/after your first race?