Today is usually my long run day (which I love!) but I switched things up a bit this morning by running in the Navy 10k! My first ten km race in 2 years!!!!
I went into this morning's race not knowing what to expect. My PR is a shocking 44:02/MRW 2012 (shocking to me, and perhaps you, lol). I can't come close to that in any training runs so I knew that was a far cry from what I should expect to run today. The last time I ran the Navy 10k course in 2012 I did 46:21 so today I made my goal 46 humble minutes. I thought this was much more realistic than going in with the "I'm totally smashing some serious PR's today!" and then winding up on the 'Injured List' for the remainder of this marathon training cycle. Yeah, no fun.
Anyway, here we go:
Last night's pre-race meal:
Breaking all of my own rules regarding pre-race fuel we went for nachos. Nachos?! Yes, nachos. :D
This morning I picked up the girls and we headed downtown to the start area. We totally crept up on some random guys' steps to set up the phone on auto timer....lol.
|Sam and Melissa both scored mad PR's today!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Many runners love the Navy 10k for it's 'flat route.' Well here's my opinion on the matter:
|SpongeBob knows what's up!|
Ready, Set, Go!
We headed off and I was cautious not to bust out of the gate and get sucked into the adrenaline rush from the 5k runners. Sometimes I do that, oops.
The weather was completely perfect for today's run (Perfect for August) and this made me happy.
With a narrow start and hundreds of runners, both from 10 & 5k, the start was somewhat bottle-necked but thinned out quickly.
I was feeling surprisingly good considering all the miles I've been logging and that I'm over halfway through my marathon training. I still felt like I was holding back ever so slightly because I didn't want to run all guts out since this is not my A race right now. I flirted with the early-mid 7 paces for the first bit and slowed slightly when there was the tiniest little 'hill' (word used loosely here).Courteney for snapping this shot! and a few others. :D
Tim Chesnutt attends many races in the area and gets these wicked shots as well! I like to call this one, "Crazy hair, don't care." ;)
I could begin to feel my legs weakening around 8km and just started my mental countdown. There's a sweet short downhill as you coast to the finish. I have to say, I was a fan. :D
I could hear Courteney here, but I couldn't see her...lol.
Going in for the kill! ;)
Going to races is super fun for me, especially the finish. You get to see friends finish, if they didn't finish faster than you obviously....lol. And you get to have great running chats with runners who you usually only see at races. I guess I sort of enjoy the post-race food and coffee too, sort of. ;)
Garmin stats and obviously greek yogurt and chia seeds, lol.
The 10k is a distance I have not had a ton of experience with and to be honest, I don't quite know how to train for it. Even though I find the distance to be tough the race is 'over with' quickly. Weird.
I'm very happy with my run this morning. I like to do a race or two during marathon training to keep me sharp and gauge my fitness. I'd say 'mission accomplished.'
Random side note!
I am very excited about this:
My orchid that I've had for 2ish years is finally blooming again!!! For the longest time it just sat there with the big green leaves and then recently this long weird thing started growing up through the orchid mix. I feel like a proud plant Mama. :D
Don't worry: when this baby finally opens I'll flood my blog, Instagram and facebook with pics. :D You're welcome! ;)
*** I hope you have entered your brilliant original caption for the Runalicious Giveaway! The winner will be announced tomorrow!!!!
checking in on GGR on this beautiful Sunday RUNday creeping my blog to see how I did in the 10k! ;) Totally joking!!!! LOL. Have a wonderful evening. :)
What are your thoughts on the 10k distance??????????
Did you run the Navy 10k?
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