Ladies and gentlemen, my first official 10K race results: that’s 5 mins off my usual time! I also ranked #71 overall, out of about 400 participants in the event! 😊
Am I happy? Hell yea! Although I missed my goal by 4 minutes, I ran at 10:18 pace, which was a good improvement from my usual 11:24. 😊
Let me try to recap yesterday’s highlights:
+ got to the venue early (around 4:45 am). Gun start is 5:30 so I had lots of time to warm up properly.
+ brought an extra bottle of water to drink pre-race. That was a lesson learned from the color run, wherein my last drink was about 2 hours before run. Eek. This time around, the last sip I had was about 15 mins before the start.
- last sip should be 5 mins before gun start. My paranoid mind kept thinking “why’d you leave your bottle? Why? Why?” Oh well. Mental note for next time.
- I ran with the beltbag and the empty water bottle. Too heavy. Ugh. Must fix this.
+ when the gun fired, I let others run like mad. I didn’t care, I walked a few then started to run and look for my pace. When my Nike app told me I was going at 10:30, I kept the pace.
- my damn Nike app decided to act up and PAUSED at mile 1.2! I didn’t know of this, of course, until I felt I had ran about 2 miles already and the app wasn’t calling out my pace. I opened my beltbag to check my phone and saw it paused at 1.2! Darn it! I turned it on again, thinking “this won’t give me my mileage but at least it will give me my pace.” The thing was, it kept going on and off, until I decided to just keep it at silent and just go with it. I didn’t know my pace until the official numbers came out.
+ there was an uphill part of the run. I ran through that one and kept a good pace until the u-turn. I only walked when I got down the hill.
+ my walks were fast paced and short. I only stopped about 5 times throughout the run. Mighty proud of this one.
- I didn’t sprint in the end. I tried but I was just happy to see the finish line.
Friends who saw me later on were surprised at my pace and how I finished earlier than most of them (my friend came in 1:08. He took off earlier than me but I went past him at mile 2.5). When the numbers came out, I was practically #5 in the ladies’ division. Only the top 3 were gonna be awarded so no medal but man! I did it! I really, really did it!
The rest of the day was spent having breakfast with my friends, catching up on much-needed sleep and eating my heart out.
I want to thank everyone who’s been riding/running along this journey with me. I am so happy with my numbers and the best part is that I’m only starting out too! It can only get better but only through training harder. The rewards though? Sweeter with each run or race, I must say! I wish I could bottle up the high I had when I figured I got lower than 1:05 (especially since I had no app to tell me my pace). I won’t sell that feeling, no. I’d keep it, and just keep indulging in it when I have bad runs or bad days. It’s just ahhhhh!!!
I’ll think about next goal for some other post, for now, I’d like to savor this moment of a good first try.