Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Believe! 10K Race Recap

My first 10K (and first race ever) was the Believe! 10K on November 24th, 2012. Up until this point I had done almost all of my training on a treadmill, with some of my Saturday runs outside on an actual concrete path. By the time the day before the race came around, I was a pile of nerves wondering how I would do, what the weather would be like (Texas weather people are only right about 50% of the time), how crowded it would be… seriously, it was hard suppressing my nervousness and constant adrenaline rushes from knowing I would be in a race the next day!



Nevertheless, Saturday morning came around, and lo and behold, the weather was freezing… literally! It was well below 32°F (and by the time the race started, it only reached 31°F). Definitely the coldest I had ever run outside at this point. I put on my cold-running gear, ate my usual pre-run breakfast (bagel with peanut butter + a banana), and headed out the door with my husband and parents coming along to cheer me on.



The atmosphere at the race start area was so much fun! There was live music, some people in costumes, some dogs in costumes, and even Frosty the snowman! A local church was putting on this event, so as the race start came closer, they led us in prayer, which I thought was absolutely wonderful! They announced for the runners to corral themselves as the race would begin soon, with the faster runners on the right, and the rest of us on the left. This race was very small-only about 200 people-so I was thrilled that it wouldn’t be overly crowded during the run. As they signaled for us to start running, one of my favorite songs started playing—“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey! Props to the DJ for helping to kick off the start of the race with some serious motivation!








The miles went by surprisingly quickly, and even though it was cold outside, the sun was out, and the wind was nonexistent, so it really turned out to be a gorgeous running day! During miles 2-3, we ran a large scenic loop around a lake, and I remember my thoughts very clearly: ‘how lucky am I to be able to do something so much fun! Wait, did I just say fun?! Wasn’t I supposed to be hurting? Why wasn’t I breathing hard, and how are my legs not killing me? I wonder what my pace is… kind of wish I had one of those GPS watches. I sure hope I am on pace to beat that hour mark.’

A couple of miles later, I reached the point where the 5K runners who started after us were on their turn-a-round for the last half of their race. I figured I had about 1.5 miles left at that point, so I ran a little faster. I wanted to finish in less than 65 minutes because I knew I could do that, but I REALLY wanted to come in under 60 minutes. Even in my training I had not done that yet.


 I made a turn on to the street and immediately recognized it at the street where we began our race. Only when we started, it was downhill; now we were finishing the race uphill! Knowing the finish line was so close, I pushed myself and ran even faster, and then saw the finish line balloons, and I’m not going to lie, I got kind of emotional. I mean, this was my first race after all! I crossed the finish line and saw my cheer squad right away. My husband, Robert, and my parents gave me a big hug and then pointed to the race clock showing me the time. Not only did I come in under an hour, but I achieved a time of 57:47! 



It was definitely a first race to remember! The most significant thing I learned from this race that I can pass on is never underestimate yourself. Let your training speak for itself -- If you put in the work, you will reap the reward!


QOTD: Do you remember your first race? Did you accomplish the goal you set for it?

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  1. What a great name for a race and this one looks so festive!

    You did an awesome job! I think the 10K distance has got to be my favorite!

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    1. Thank you so much! It is a very festive race! I did it last year too, and will for years to come hopefully!

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  2. Wow congrats on hitting your goal in your first race! I'm still working on getting my 10k under 1 hour. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Kristen! :0) Good luck on your 10K goal - you got this!

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  3. Thanks for linking up with us today! That is a great result, sounds like you had a wonderful first race experience!

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    1. Thanks April!! :0) Thanks for letting me link up with y'all!

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