This past Saturday I competed in my first 10K and I had a blast! It feels so great that I am getting up there in my mileage and I am just that much closer to doing my first marathon. This race was also Donnie's first 5K! So excited for him!
My Race Recap
So our morning started bright and early of course... Here we are after we've had our breakfast (waffle with peanut butter and a cup of coffee) and we are dressed with our gear ready. Note my new garmin on my wrist!
This was my first time getting to use my new Garmin. Can't you see the excitement?
We headed out to church where the race started and ended. We got our bag with some freebies and our race bibs.
Dad came to cheer me on!
I warmed up a little in the parking lot. Dad got a nice picture of this. I don't have any pictures of me just running, so here is the first one!
So the race began! Donnie and I stuck together for the first mile, which was fun. I ran it a little under 10:00 pace, so I slowed down a bit because I had to conserve my energy for these hills I had been hearing about. Mile 2 and 3 I stayed around a 10:00 pace, and it felt good. I wasn't tired at all. And then came the hills. Mile 4, 5, and 6 were mostly big long hills. It slowed me down to a 10:20 - 10:30 pace. I took my GU Energy Gel at mile 4, which helped me out a lot. After one big hill, I saw the mile 6 sign and I couldn't have been happier. I sprinted it out to the finish line and found out my time was 1:02:14!!!!! That is an average pace of 10:02 for 6.2 miles!!
I had beat my time from a training run!! And my hubby finished his 5K in 35:25. So proud of him because he didn't even train that much!
We took some more pictures with my mom, stepdad, brother, and sister... They were at the finish line cheering us on!
So we waited around for the awards ceremony just to see how we did. Donnie won 2nd place in his age group for the 5K!!!! The medals were in these cute little Easter eggs. How original!
We had to wait what seemed like forever for the 10K female winners... and then I hear my name called for 3rd place in the 20-24 age group.... but I'm 25! So I tell them that, and they are like well just take this and we will figure it out in a minute... So here I am with my little 3rd place egg, all smiles anyways.
So we go up there after all the names were called to figure out what happened. And we found out that I actually won 1st place in MY age group 25-29! So I got my rightfully earned egg/1st place medal!!!!
YAY! First place in my age group AGAIN! I have only done 2 races and have won 1st place in my age group both times. I don't see this happening too many more times.
We went and got our FREE massages, which were AHHH-MAZING. I will definitely be visiting those girls again :) Before we left, we got a quick shot of us together with our eggs/medals.
Overall it was a great race and I cannot wait for my next race! I knew I was hooked to running already, but I am loving it more and more after each race. I just get such an awesome "high" from it. But running is a good thing to get addicted to, right???? ;)
After the race, we continued to have an awesome weekend filled with FOOD! We had to recover you know. We went to the new Chinese buffet in town. It was so good and had chocolate fondue. Mmmmm....
And then Sunday we went to see Rio. SUCH A SWEET MOVIE! I am such a kid, I know. But seriously, I loved the movie and even got a little teary-eyed. During the movie I enjoyed some more chocolate in the form of chocolate covered coffee beans... my new (to me at least) favorite chocolate creation.
And THEN we tried out another new place, Papa Murphy's Pizza. I was excited about this place because they have this deLITE crust that is lower in calories and fat. You can't beat that. We had coupons, so me, Donnie, and my BFF got our own pizzas. I am going to be eating pizza for days. It was a great weekend for sure!
I skipped out on my workout today, but I will pick it up tomorrow with my best friend Jillian Michaels. I plan to work more with the weights and cut back my running just a little bit. We will see how this goes.
I'm ready for a normal week at work. But it's not that normal because it is a four day week. I'm okay with that.
And I don't want to forget to say congrats to all that ran the Boston Marathon today!!! I am so impressed with the times that I have read about already.