That's right folks, brace yourselves. This is my very first RACE RECAP!
I had set a goal of finishing the 10k in about an hour, but was thinking that it might take me a bit over that. But I was able to pull through and finish in.....drum roll please.......58:03! I am so happy with myself.
Of course, when you compare it to the female winner who completed the run in just over 32 mins it may not sound all that fantastic, but for a girl who was considering professional couch potato as a profession back in December, I think it's pretty good.
If I do say so myself, and I do.
Ready for some details now??
Prior to the race beginning you are supposed to line up behind your estimated finish time, I was in the 60-69 minute category.
Yet during my first kilometre-and-a-half I was dodging walkers like crazy!
I must admit, it was a terrible start. People walking four-wide along the road, how the heck did they get ahead of me? I couldn't help but wonder if I had read the timing corrals wrong, or if I was just that slow of a runner...
But once the hills started, and I gained some distance, the walkers cleared. I think that if it weren't for them I would have either gotten a faster time or started too fast and tanked at the beginning. That was certainly something I was worried about - I'm a VERY competitive person. If you knew me, you'd understand.
The course continued uphill until around the 3km mark and then turned downhill, which I certainly wasn't complaining about. In fact, it was where I hit my stride. I was passing people like crazy.
Another nice touch on the race were the porta-potties and water stations - I didn't have to use a green rocket (army talk for you) but the water stations were much appreciated.
My only complaint about them is actually the runners. A girl running next to me threw her paper cup on the ground instead of in the garbage can literally two feet in front of her. Ugh~ so irritating. Runners are terrible litter bugs it seems. I know people pick it up but it's not that hard to throw your cup in the garbage people.
Anyways, I hit the halfway mark at exactly 30 min. Not bad...but I knew I could go faster. I wanted to save myself for the end of the race, I wasn't sure how much I could handle, so I picked it up just a bit. Once I hit the 8k mark, it was on. I weaved through the corners and the people, I also noticed that others were starting to do the same at this point. My breathing started to get a bit heavy, but I kept it up.
I turned the last of seven, yes, 7 corners and saw the finish line. YAY!
So with the finish in sight I sprint in the last 200 metres, and so did a lady right next to me -awkward. She knocked my elbow, but I wasn't letting up. We ended up finishing in the same time (well we hit the finish at the same time) and one of the race organizers told us to slow down.
Who me? Someone's actually telling me to slow down??? - or so I probably thought to myself...
And now for my only other complaint of the run, right under the finish banner the crowd just STOPPED. No movement. I had to push my way in a bit to make sure that I was actually getting a true time from my timing chip.
Apparently just minutes before I came in, a man had collapsed, hit his head on the cement and was bleeding profusely. He was given CPR (hence the stop at the finish - although he was out of the way). The last I heard, he was in stable, but critical condition.
So, overall, my first 10km race was great. I had a great time and learned a little bit about what to expect for my first half marathon coming up in only 4 short weeks.
And for a 10km race, the second largest in Canada, I might add, it was an absolutely beautiful course.
And now, for my official results:
Overall placing 3,407/10,205
Placing out of the females 1,196/6,165
And in my age division 25-29 I placed 218/812
And again, my sweet, sweet time: 58:03