So far I have run a 5k, 7k and now a 10k! My cousin asked me 2 weeks ago if I wanted to run this with her. I said yes because I was dumb! However I am glad I did it. It was about 50 extreme athletes so I figured I would finish dead last. At first I was having major issues with this and then I realized last year I wouldn't be able to do this. No matter how "slow" I'm running its still better then everyone that isn't!
The first 3.1 miles were ROUGH ROUGH ROUGH!
The first mile you have rolling hills but not to bad total elevation gain was 100 ft! I was feeling okay and was at 10:50-11 for my first mile. I was feeling okay as the wind was really nasty and the road was really crappy sandy, bumpy etc.
The second mile we gained 150ft more in elevation and it was super windy roads. I was still feeling okay and not dead last at this point! I finished my 2nd mile doing an 11:30 mile around 22 mins in!
My 3rd mile was the worst and when I started walking/running as the hills were pretty bad and my knee was starting to bother me it was all a rolling hill gaining 100 and going back down that same 100 in elevation. I finished around 34 mins which is a little slower for my normal 3 miler but I knew I had to pace myself. You also turned around at the 3.1 mark and at this point I realized I was DEAD last! Two MUCH older men were ahead of me a little ways and I was upset but quickly got over it.
My 4th mile was my slowest yet I felt the best! It was done in 12:11 and I was up and down hill again but I felt good. It was kinda sad to hear the people at the end closing up shop after I passed through their assigned area but they were all super cheerful except one guy that said last place gets a trip to Florida! Im thinking dude your a douche thats not encouraging. I was walking far less it felt the 2nd half over the first!
My 5th mile I was picking up speed again and finished up at 57.34 I had set out wanting to hit 1:10 or less and knew I had to pick it up if I wanted to finish so If I had to walk I would do it for 30 seconds or less. I was hurting my knee was screaming but I didnt want to quit! I knew I had another mile in me!
My last 1.2 was done in 11.21 so I picked up pace quite a bit which is rare for me as I typically finish slower but Ive been working on finishing up my last mile at a quicker pace then my last!
I was done my cousin, her boyfriend and my mom were there as I stuck my tongue out. I was exhausted. I needed water and told my cousin and her boyfriend bye and looked at my smiling proud mom. I finished according to my time around 1:10:50
You know Im TOTALLY okay with this as I ran 6:26 at the end of my 10k training in November in 1 hour 13 mins. So for not running more then 2-4 miles a run the past 2 months I think thats pretty amazing! To keep my head up knowing I was dead last the entire run and finishing was such a proud moment! I dont need to be #1! I just need to finish :)
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