So I woke up super early on Labor Day to go run a 10K. We all know that I stayed up too late, so it was no surprise to me that I felt pretty tired. Nonetheless, I rolled out of bed, put on my new green running tank top and the skin tight shorts I have found a newfound love for, and headed out.
You can totally see how sleepy I look in this photo.
I don't have any pictures of me during the race, but here's one of me starting.
I decided to start off very conservatively. My legs still felt a little heavy from Saturday's 15-miler, and I'm not looking to overdo anything this week with my 20-miler coming up.
I settled in quickly to a nice little 9:15 pace and enjoyed the scenery. Then we hit the hills. I thought the following: "Hills!?! Are you kidding me? No one said anything about hills!......... Hmm, then again, I should have known to expect hills. This is Tennessee. There are always hills."
I found that the hills didn't really bother me though. I attribute this to all the crazy hills on my long runs this training cycle. This gives me more affirmation that running Chicago is going to feel EASY!
I turned on my iPod around mile 3 and just started enjoying the music and watching the scenery go by. It was a pretty crowded race, so it was nice to always have people around me... until the guy pushing two 5-year-olds in a stroller ran by. That one was rough. I never did catch back up to him.
After I passed mile 4, I started trying to pick it up a bit. I still didn't really push it, but I knew I could do the last 2 miles a little faster. Who doesn't love a negative split?
When I got toward the end, I really picked it up and found that I still had a nice kick to sprint past quite a few people in the last .2 of the race.
I finished in 54:07, meaning I averaged 8:43. Since I know I ran the first few miles in 9:15, that means I really picked it up a good bit in the second half! I was pretty pleased. I knew that I didn't really push that hard, so I could certainly do better if I wanted to. I'm glad I took it easy, but it's nice to know that I felt good at the end and as if I could have done it faster!
I placed 19th out of 59 in my age group, 93rd out of 367 women, and 367th out of 898 total runners! I was pretty pleased.
I found a few friends including my high school running coach, so we all chatted about the race and snapped a quick picture.
Am I going to run this race again? Probably not. Labor Day just isn't one of those holidays that cries out that I should get up early and go run a race. Plus, they were out of small shirts when I got there... 40 minutes early. This REALLY annoys me. If we all sign up for a certain size shirt, we shouldn't have an issue getting them. I know it sounds silly, but I mean... it matters.
All in all, it was a good race and I'm glad I did it this year. I of course went home and took a nap before heading over to a friend's house for a fun game night.