Okay, here it is, friends - the race recap you've been waiting for... Ha Ha! It's been a few days to reflect and focus on the good stuff. :) So here goes:
Know where the essentials are:
Porta potties and starting line (learned during last 5K!) - checked these out during packet pick-up.
This meant 'no cake' on Saturday for nephew's b-day: bummer :(
Morning of? Decaf coffee (3 sips), water, oatmeal, mini bagels/PB on hand....
mile 1: 13 min
mile 2: 12 min
miles 3 - 5: 11 min
mile 6.2: 10 min
Admittedly conservative, but totally do-able. Would put me in my 70 - 75 min PR goal. If I completed in less time, all the better! :)
water bottle w/ a little G2 added? check.
Luna Moons? check.
ipod and race day music list? check.
hat? check. (chose bright pink so Hubby could find me at finish)
and even a little bodyglide, just in case....
A 10K is tough... be ready
Take water - not enough on hand last yr for this race
Hottest October on record for Orlando
Establish your base mileage+ and run it several times before race day.
I made it through mile 6, now running through the backlots of Disney, making our way through EPCOT, and heading for the parking lot/finish line. Many walked. Many ran very slowly. Everyone (not yet finished) appeared exhausted. All I could think was: "My shirt says, 'Start Slow. Finish Strong.' It should read: Start Slow. Continue Slow. Finish."
I came around a corner and there was an older woman to my left. Okay, she was a bit older than older. Hunched over, 85 if she was day, and walking, but at that moment, she resumed her trot, and I thought, "Doggone it. If she can do this, so can I!" She was an inspiration. Together (though she didn't know I was back there), we rounded the last corner, and there it was: the finish line. Totally exhausted, I summoned all remaining energy and took off in a sprint for the last 50 feet or so, and crossed the finish line at 1:21:06, a solid 10 - 15 minutes off my planned time, but I did it. I finished my 10K. Yay! (Guaranteed PR for my first 10K, right?? LOL)
Migraines can be the result of extreme fatigue/exertion: take appropriate precautions
Look at the back of your race bib to see if it has a place for emergency info.. turns out, mine did and we didn't fill it out - didn't even see this space until 3 days after the race(!) - not on ALL bibs
My thankful Three
Today, I am thankful for:
- Time to heal my disappointment
- The ability to bounce back and say, "Hey! I finished the darn thing!"
- The love and kindness of my family and friends....
Happy running, friends....