Hope you all had a great weekend! I had a great one!
Saturday was my very first 10K race – Market Square. I had no idea of what to expect for time or how I would pace myself. I just ran! Let’s start from the beginning.
As I mentioned previously, Cheryl and I have been chatting on Twitter, Facebook and email for the past month or so. I seems we have been in the same place so many times but have not actually met in person. Really strange since we only live 20 minutes away from each other! We had hoped that we would finally get to meet at Market Square. Numerous tweets were sent on Saturday morning but we did not find each other before the start of the race. For only allowing 2,000 entrants, it was quite busy in the square. She probably walked by me but I spent the majority of my time before the race chasing after my little monkeys. I guess that’s my warm up now!
The race started on time with no issues except the usual bottlenecking that always happens at the beginning of a race. The weather was absolutely beautiful – sunny, 70s. I was cruising right along when I looked down at my Garmin for the first time to see my pace. Ugh – major fail! It hadn’t started when I pressed the button. I guesstimated that I was about 3 minutes behind the official time once I got it started again. One day I’ll actually get a correct time with my Garmin! 🙂
At mile 1 I saw Ron and the kids. Of course, they didn’t see me. I even yelled Ron’s name but he continued to look up the street. So sorry, no pictures from the course this time. We snaked through downtown and then went out into the surrounding neighborhoods. It was so cool to see so many people out on their porches and at the curbs cheering. Some even had their garden hoses on for us to run under! I would just like to say to those spectating – if you smoke, please don’t blow your smoke in the direction of the runners. Really gross! Oh, and you really should quit those nasty things, too. Yuck!
Anyway, my pace was hovering around 7:45-8:00 for the first few miles. I took water from every aid station even though the first gulp of water tasted like it came straight out of the Portsmouth Pool. Blech! After mile 3 or so, the water stations disappeared. There wasn’t any shade either so I was getting quite thirsty and very hot as were a lot of runners around me. I was tiring but kept repeating in my head – you’ve got this! I also saw a couple of my patients cheering on the side of the road so I had to push myself to look good for them! My pace never went above 8:00 after that. Finally around mile 5, a water station magically appeared. I’ve never been so happy to drink horrible water! Big note to self – Get a handheld water bottle ASAP!
The remainder of the race was uneventful. I cruised into the finish line at 50:13. Not too bad for my first 10K and not knowing what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I would like that distance but I enjoyed it. It wasn’t too short like a 5K but not too long where you can stay at a faster pace through the whole race. I’d definitely do another!
And guess who found me at the post race food tent? Cheryl!
Photo courtesy of Cheryl
Girl rocked the race and got a PR! So glad we finally got to meet! Ironically, our race numbers were 1554 and 1555. Obviously we were meant to meet. Too funny!
I finally found Ron and the kids after wandering around for awhile. I had 2 happy faces come running towards me as soon as they saw me walking across the grass. Awww, they missed me! Not so much. I was attacked and mugged of my watermelon and water bottle immediately. Priorities, right?
New Hampshire Blogger Meet Up
Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of getting together with 4 awesome lady NH bloggers.
It was my first blogger meet up and was a blast talking about running, blogs, life, and all things fun. Let’s just say the margaritas were very delicious and the night ended with 3 of us on stage with the band. Playing bongos and Janine singing.
Yup, I did not anticipate that happening at all! 🙂 I’d love to share pictures of that lovely scene but the woman who had my phone decided to take pictures and video of herself instead. Major #bloggerfail!
Thanks ladies for a wonderful time. My cheeks still hurt from laughing! Can’t wait to do it again soon!
Questions of the Day
What’s your favorite distance to run?
If you had to choose – Bongos or Tambourine?