I did it! 15K
After I crossed the line several more people did come in so I wasn't the last! Mile 8 I slowed my pace a bit to "rest". Mile 7 was a 9:39 pace and I was starting to feel it. I dropped to a straight 10:00 pace, but I kept picturing everyone waiting to go home (because I thought I was last), so I trucked on. I had never run 9 miles before today. I've done 8 a few times, so when I say that last mile seemed long, I mean real long!
I am in the very back, near another person in orange, but you can see my pink visor.
I drank a lot (water of course) two days before this event, and rested from running those days and it worked again for me. I felt really great most of the run. My only discomfort was the ball of my left foot felt a little tingly on the last mile. As I sit here writing, my knees are feeling pretty good and the only real stiffness is on my left hip bone. I wish I could figure out what's causing that! I can't understand how my right hip feels great and the left doesn't.
I was using this 15K to make a decision about trying the half. I have plenty of time before the Richmond half, so no urgency, I am still undecided. I think I can make it, but I guess I will keep training and see how it goes. My plan is to do another 9 miler next weekend.
Today it was about 50 degrees at 8 a.m. at the start line, so it was pretty nippy, but so perfect to run in! The sun wasn't shining, it's just a gray sort of day, so all that time putting sunscreen on my gingerly skin was a waste of time I guess lol, but I am glad it was so cool out.
I felt really nervous a few minutes before it started. During the first mile, I had the Garmin snafu, and mile two I was near a man doing walk/run intervals. Sometimes seeing someone walking throws me a little, but I finally lost him so that was good. Mile three I was running my own race. Everyone was so thinned out, I could only see a few runners about 1/4 mile ahead, one had a blue shirt on, and I followed the blue shirt to the finish line.
Today I learned it's okay to push it. I can slow my pace and rest if need be. During the 10k last month I was afraid if I went too hard I would tire and not be able to make it. I finally feel strong enough to say I won't just give up and walk. I can find it in me to keep on, keeping on! I am not saying I won't ever give up and walk if I feel bad, but when I need a little extra I can talk my way through it now.
I am so glad my hubby drove me and did video at the beginning. Pretty cool! It was a great event and I would love to do it again. Races are great! I love having a pre-planned course, my own lane to run in, water along the way, and nice people handing me bananas at the end. Seriously, could exercise be any better!
This was about mile 3. See blue shirt up ahead!
Getting ready to go!