Golden Gate Park 10k
March 7th, 2011
One month ago I went for a run and, after huffing and puffing up a small hill, I realized something: it had been three months since my last run. I knew that was not the purpose of the months of training and my completing the half-marathon even while sick as a dog and so I was determined to not let all of that hard work go to the way-side. I quickly went online and signed up for the Golden Gate Park 10k that was coming up in early March and began my training that day.
With only four weeks to train, I only built back up to running 4 miles so I was a wee bit nervous about completing the 6.2 mile race. But I knew that even if I had to walk across the finish line, I’d finish. My goal was to finish in 1 hour, 20 minutes (13 minute/mile average).
The morning of Sunday 3/6 I woke up early to a nice little rain storm. I wasn’t too nervous since I’ve run in the rain before and I was hoping it’d let up a bit. I showed up to the starting line to register, get my race tag, and warm-up.
Still smiling despite the rain! 🙂
Because of the rain, for the half hour before the start time there weren’t many people there. And, since I was running a race that was put on by a local running club that was open to the public, the majority of the people there looked like professional runners. I was getting more and more nervous by the minute, afraid that I would get left behind in the dust and be the last person by a long shot to cross the finish line. As the gun went off, all I could think was “Well, here goes nothing”.
The rain was coming down steadily throughout the entire race so, needless to say, my shoes and clothes were soaked! But one advantage of the rain was that I didn’t sweat nearly as much. 🙂
Raindrops on the trees
Drizzle over Spreckels Lake
Towards mile 4 I realized I hadn’t yet taken a walking break so I made a goal to not walk the entire race…and I did it! I was pretty amazed that I didn’t take a single walking break and I still felt pretty good by the time I crossed the finish line. My finish time was 1 hour, 12 minutes (8 minutes faster than my goal!) and I got a nice little ribbon for it. I placed 139 out of the total 158 racers, not too shabby. And luckily I wasn’t the youngest person in the group of the slowest 20. 😉
Soaked to the bone! But a happy runner nonetheless
I want to sign up for another race in the next couple of months to help keep my running up–who’s with me?? 😉 I might do the Bay to Breakers 12k on May 15th–it’s the centennial for the race so it’ll be quite the show!