The day of our first 15k race turned out to be a beautiful day, but unfortunately at 8 AM it was still pretty darn cold. We bundled up and headed to the start line anyway.
10 miles is the longest I have ever run, but it was not in a race. So, this was the longest race so far for me.
I had two goals going into the 9.3 mile run:
#1 No walking.
#2 Less than 10 minutes per mile overall pace.
Proud to say, I met both goals!
This always happens, and I know I need to stop it, but I started out way too fast (for me). I actually ended up running my first 3 miles 2 minutes faster than my last 3 miles. That is not good, and I know that. I just can't seem to get it straight with these longer runs!
As you would expect after reading the last paragraph, the first 3 miles I felt great. And progressively, the miles started to feel worse. By the last 2 miles, it felt like I was shuffling more than running.
When I crossed the finish line, I saw my husband waiting for me - so naturally, I sped up and got in the best form I could.. apparently I was trying to impress him?! Haha, who knows. He has really been a speed demon lately, and ended up finishing about 5 minutes before me!
We grabbed a couple mini Clif Bars and bananas at the finish line, and walked to cool down before doing some light stretching.
The average time of all the race participants was: 1:38:30.
Below are my personal results from the website and my Garmin. Nothing to be ecstatic about, but as I always say, I am just happy to have completed it. Just another stepping stone to get us to our ultimate goal of running a half marathon in May!
Of course, no race would be complete without celebrating... so that is exactly what we did!
24 days until our half marathon!