I ran my 10K this morning, the longest race I've ever done. I left the house at 7:40am and drove up to the U of U campus. Parking was easy to find and it wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be. I only had to wait about 15 minutes to use the porta-potty and spent the rest of the time talking with my sister-in-law, Allison, and her friend Sherian. It was fun participating in a women-only race... just something empowering about throwing a bunch of women together who care about their health and who are running for a great cause. The 5K started at 9am and I watched Allison and Sherian take off. Within two minutes I found Shana Mollerup, an old friend from the village. I was excited to have someone to run next to, at least for the first couple miles. The 10K started at 9:15am and Shana and I were pretty close to each other for about 3 1/2 miles. She's a stronger runner than I am and so it was nice to have here running in front of me and give me motivation to keep up with her. There was a huge hill that we had to run (twice) and the first time I ran it and the second time I just couldn't make it and walked. By that point Shana was out of my sight. I pushed through though and was just hoping to beat my time of 1:14. I saw Jake and the kids twice on my route, and they were cheering me on. When I hit mile 6 and had just .2 to go I started feeling a tad nauseous. I turned the corner to the finish line and saw the clock, 1:09:38. I sprinted to the finish line so I could make it under 1:10 and ended at about 1:09:50. I thought I would puke for a second but after I caught my breath and drank some water, I was fine. Jake, the kids, Allison, Sherian, and Shana were there at the end, clapping and yelling. It was great (thanks guys!) I definitely need to practice running outside more, and on hills. I was not prepared for this course. I'm happy though. I feel I did pretty good, especially considering 2 1/2 months ago I couldn't even run 1 mile without feeling sick. Hopefully I'll just get faster and stronger over the next couple months. I have a couple half marathons I want to do next year. Anyone want to join me?!
3 weeks ago