It's a done deal. I completed my first 10K. 6.4 miles, for those of you who have yet to go metric.
I ran the Step Rock Run at Fort Herriman Days. It was super disorganized at first. None of the online registrations (mine) were on the list. So we had to re reg. I felt bad for all the cowboy types who were trying to run the race. But no big deal really, my only concern was that beginning late meant sunscreen was in order. I talked to some runner types beforehand about pacing, etc. That was cool.
They started the race, I kid you not, by just yelling, "GO!". I was clear in the back, fully last. A good minute behind the rest. I'm still adjusting my music...where is my Lady GaGa?
Managed to pass about 5 others thruout the run. And then, at the very very end, this chick who was a full block behind me the ENTIRE race..she runs up and jumps right in front of me for the last 20 seconds. Really? Is it that important to you to beat me? To step on me in the last few feet of this race and kill my pride? I totally could have sped up and got back in front of her to finish it off but I was kinda reeling by then. I dunno, I just figure if you're going to beat someone, don't pull it off at the very end. I asked some of the runner people if that was lame to do, and they said " hey it's a race. They can totally do that.". So I now know that's common, but you can rest easy knowing I will never pull that on someone. It's not like we were battling for first. At that point I was FOURTH. FROM LAST!!!!
I know, I know, you can hardly believe my fi'ness. It's true, I am a formidable opponent on the course. Good times watching the EMT's on their Rhino hovering nearby, "just in case"
But seriously though, I walked less than a quarter mile of the whole thing. And my new runner friends (they got medals even!) said this was a tough 10'er because of the hilly course. Good because I was dyin', and the grated concrete on 13100 was threatening to roll my ankles.
And THAT, my friends, was what I did this fine and rare sunny morning.
Oh yeah, my time? 1:14:58.3 42nd overall & 21st in Women 25-34. Hey, I have nowhere to go but UP! So funny. Actually it was almost exactly double my time from last years 5K. I kind of had a goal of 75 minutes.
I cannot get the underscore to go away.