Good news! I finished the 10k and didn’t poop my pants! Bad news: I didn’t finish in 1:05 like I’d hoped. I stopped once to readjust a blister-inducing sock and I stopped at all 4 water stations. Those stops coupled with decreased speed in the last two miles tacked almost 5 unwanted minutes onto my final time. I finished at 1:09:43. The half-marathon winner finished at 1:09:46. Ha! I beat him. (Never mind that he ran more than double my mileage.)
The weather forecast predicted an 80% chance of rain and warm temperatures. I was not looking forward to repeating the Chinatown 5k conditions. Thankfully, it only sprinkled on our way in and was beautiful for the entire race. With the weather mercifully overcast and breezy, I didn’t overheat.
According to Map My Run, I had a decent pace at first but steadily got slower as the miles wore on. I kind of psyched myself out before this race. I was afraid of dehydrating so I stopped at every water station. I was afraid of pooping in my pants so I woke up every hour the night before to try to go to the bathroom. I was afraid there would be hills (and there were) so I got some helpful tips from my trainer on how to handle them. In hindsight, I really felt good the entire time and could’ve pushed myself harder but let fear stop me.
Once I crossed the finish line, I realized I wasn’t dying, I wasn’t hurt (other than sore knees and a couple blisters) and I actually did it! I ran a 10k!! Even though I didn’t meet my time goal, I still accomplished a HUGE goal! I NEVER would’ve dreamed I could run 6.2 miles. I never would’ve dreamed I could run for more than an hour. I’m still incredibly proud of myself!
A carton of chocolate milk, a string cheese and a couple cups of water later, I was on the rail at the finish line to wait for Christian and Nick to finish the half marathon. They both ran a half in Indianapolis in May and were talking the night before this race about how they didn’t train as hard for this half. That didn’t seem to matter when they sailed across the finish line, shaving a couple minutes off each of their times.
After their race, we enjoyed our complimentary beers and rested a little while enjoying beautiful Miller Park. (Bonus: we get to go back because each registration came with a ticket to see a Brewers game!)
Now, time to get back out there and continue training for the 15k in November.
tl;dr 10k:done. Pants: accident-free