10K, fitness, races, running, Savannah

Hot Chocolate 10K

As I sat down this morning to write this blog post, I open up Blogger and realize it’s been a month since  last blogged. It hasn’t been since my virtual 5K in January. YIKES! Well, I’m finally back and with another race recap, my first 10K!!!! Yay me!

It started with packet pick up on Friday, which if you follow me on Instagram, and you should) you saw this picture.

I LOVE how they gave us a headband instead of a t-shirt. It’s different and I like that!
Friday night, I got everything ready. I knew Saturday was going to be chilly but it was supposed to be one of those in between temperatures where you may need long sleeves, you may not. I opted for a lightweight long sleeve, I could pull off if needed with some pants. 
Saturday morning arrived, and it was off to the race. TJ wasn’t running this with me, but the good sport that he was came out to support me, take a few pictures and hang out with the kids. But man oh man, we stepped out the door Saturday morning and it was cold, well colder than we were expecting. But everyone was in jackets and we grabbed a blanket for Jordyn in case it was a little too cold for her. 
As always, were earlier than we needed to be but it gave me a chance to just walk around and relax. The only problem, it was getting windy making it even colder outside. TJ finally convinced me to put Jordyn in the provided child care. Truthfully, I was being cheap frugal and I figured if TJ was there then we didn’t need it, but it was cold so it was the best option. 
After dropping Jordyn off it was time to meet up with the fabulous ladies of my local running group, Moms Run This Town. They have chapters all over the country so if you’re looking for a running group, click on the link and see if they have one near you. And if they don’t, you start it. We had enough time for a quick photo op and then it was time to head outside to the start.
As we wait for the start the winds start picking up, so I put on my new, super cool headband.
And then the moment we all waited for…..GO TIME!

I knew the moment I started, I went out a little too fast, so I did try to slow down but if you’ve ever done a race, you know that the excitement along with all the people around you makes it a little tough to do. 
We got out of the church parking lot, where the race started and the winds began. I knew before we left the house that 22-24 mph winds were expected during the race, but there definitely some gusts that were higher than that. We were all running against the wind with them as ridiculous as they were, it was making this run a definite challenge. 
Not long into the race, I started doubting myself. I was really beginning to wonder if I was going to be able to finish this race, so I kept giving myself some goals and places to reach before I allowed myself a walk break. My left knee was feeling uncomfortable. It wasn’t hurting but definitely wasn’t feeling peachy. At the 2 mile mark, I was feeling a bit better but still like I needed a walk break so I told myself if I can make it to the halfway point then I will allow myself a walk break. And that’s what I did. 
Hitting that halfway point and taking a walk break was what I needed. I knew I could finish the race but it may not be the best time I had seen. Also, this race was an out and back race, so I pretty much didn’t have a choince but to finish at that point. haha! But truthfully, the walk break was huge for me. It allowed me to catch my breath, and take it all in. As hard as it was feeling, I started realizing it wasn’t the run I had ever had. Most of this seemed to be in my head. 
It was then I really started taking in my surroundings and continued running with some walk breaks in between. This race was held in a neighborhood with some gorgeous homes. If I had thought about it, I would have taken pictures of some of these homes, but my mind was not on picture taking. LOL! While house gazing and running, I finally noticed that the winds were starting to die down around Mile 4-4.5. And I was actually starting to get a little warm, but I really didn’t want to carry my long-sleeve shirt, so I said forget it and just kept running. 
When I reached that last mile, my right foot was hurting, but at that point I didn’t have much left, so I wasn’t going to let that stop me unless it was really bad. This was more of a sore feeling. And finally it came time to cross the street and head into the parking lot of the church and to the finish.

As I’m coming in and getting closer, there’s Dylan cheering me on. I just love hos TJ caught us both in the picture.

Goin’ in for the finish!

YAY!!!! I did it!! And that up is because some of those ladies by the finish line are part of the running group.

With the race over, it was time for to receive my medal,
my hot chocolate mug (can you see the little spoon that comes with it? so cute!)
and of course there was hot chocolate and chocolate fondue! I was too busy eating the fruit and sharing with the kids to capture any of that deliciousness, but it was so good!
Despite everything that went on, and the feelings I had of not finishing, when I look back at it, it really wasn’t that bad. My official time was 1:14:10. It wasn’t my best run, but it wasn’t worst by a long shot. I did have a great time and the race was great. 
Oh, and when I stopped my running apps (I use Runkeeper and Nike+) check out what it says for my 5K time!
No complaints there! Something to try and beat or come close to with next month’s 5K with TJ!
Have you had a race that didn’t go as planned as you ran it but when you looked back at it, you realized it wasn’t nearly as bad as you thought it was while running it?

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