Sunday, September 23, 2012

New 10K PR!!!

Today I ran a 10K in Creston and I got an unexpected PR... by two and a half minutes!!

I got up this morning at 7:15, showered (I know, I know, who showers before a race?... This guy!), and ate an apple and a Toasted Cranberry and Nut Luna Bar. I got my stuff together, went and picked up my bestest best friend Kirsten, and went to my mother in law Lynn's house. Since the race was about an hour away we decided to carpool.

Lynn and Erika (sister in law) were ready to go when we got there so we were on our way. Fast forward to 9:30, we got to the wildlife center (the start of the race) and I was actually surprised by the number of people- lots more than the last time we ran it! We picked up our race packages then headed back to the van to get ready, and of course take a pre race photo!

Lynn, Me, Erika, Kirsten
I was a little nervous for this race. See, the truth is I'm extremely competitive. I like to pretend that I'm not, but I am. As we waited for the gun to go off, I was thinking about how many of the people in front of me I could pass :)

Aaaand we're off!

I spent the first kilometer running a little slower, probably around a 5:50/km pace. I was running just behind Kirsten, and Erika was just behind me. Lynn was back a bit from us. At this point I had an epiphany. I ALWAYS start my races off running slowly because I dont want to burn out. I started thinking about it, and thought this is a RACE, therefore I need to go HARD! So I sped up and matched my pace with Kirsten's for about 3km. There was a pack of about 8 people in front of us that were running a similar speed and I decided to pass them all.

It was one of those days where my body felt good, my music was just right and everything just seemed to be going great. I was thinking about Janae's blog The Hungry Runner Girl, her tagline is "It's rude to count people as you pass them. out loud." I started keeping a tally bacause it felt like I was passing a lot of people :) I pulled ahead of Kirsten just after the 3.5km mark and held about a 5:20-5:45 pace for the rest of the race.

For the last 2km I was running just behind a lady in a fancy tie dye outfit, and a lady who had really strong legs. I stayed with them until the last 800 meters when I decided to see if I could pull ahead, and I did easily. I finished the race about a minute fasted than my goal pace of 58:30. I'm not sure what my official time was because it hasn't been posted yet, but it was around 57:20.

When I finished I grabbed a banana and some water and waited for the rest of my "team" to come in. Kirsten was next at just over an hour, then Erika at 1:02, and Lynn at 1:06. Everyone was pretty happy with their times.

Once we were all stretched out, I was ready to go but Lynn and Erika wanted to stay for the medal presentations. Good thing we did becasue....

I got 2nd in my age group!!! I've never won a medal in my life (aside from a participation medal) and the look on my face when they called my name must have been pretty funny because when I went up to get my medal the lady couldn't stop laughing at me. Kirsten ended up getting 3rd in our age group (20-29) and she was really surprised as well.

Sweaty after photo

Showing off our hardware!
It was the best race I've ever run, and I am definitely motivated to keep my training up over the winter.

Have you ever had one of those races where everything seems to go right?

Or, the opposite- one of those races where everything seems to go wrong?


  1. Congratulations Danielle! That's quite an accomplishment! :):)


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