September 26, 2014

My 10k Race Experience!

(Photo by Zoom Photo

So here’s the post I’ve been wanting to write since I got subscribed in the 10K race. I wanted to be able to finish the race and tell you all about it in a post. Or maybe just have it documented here so that I can read this in a few months or years from now.

First of all, I want to admit that my Runny Mondays posts didn't work out. At first, I had a lot of free time and running and writing the posts was something I could a easily fit into my schedule. Then life got a little bit more busy. I started a summer job at a summer camp for little kids and spent a big part of my days jumping, running and moving around 5-year-olds, which meant that by the time I got home in the evenings I was exhausted. I should also add that every single day I went to the job and came back home by bike. It was easily 25-30 minutes of biking each day and so I felt like running was something I didn’t want or needed to do.

After the summer job was over, le boyfriend and I headed to California to road trip the west coast for 10 days. When we got back and started classes I realized I had 3 weeks left for the race. I decided to do my best and train as much as I could.

Before starting the summer job, the furthest I had run was 4km. And I want to mention/remind you that I started running by doing 1 minute walk, 1 minute run intervals since I couldn't run more than that without feeling exhausted. When we came back from California, I was determined to run up to 4km the first week, 6km the second and 8km the third. That is exactly what I did. Before the race, I had never run 10k but I had run 8km and I knew I could do 2 more. I was just telling le boyfriend the other day how training is not only important for your physical capacity but also for your psychological state. If I had never done 8k before the race my “mentality” during the 10k would have been very negative and I would have probably had thoughts like “10k is too much! I can’t do that!”. But, since I had done 8k, during the race I couldn't stop thinking “I know I can do it! I know I can do it!”. Everything I wanted was to finish without stopping or walking. And I did!

Race details:
-I finished in 1 hour and 6 minutes. 
-We had water stations at about 3k, 6k and 8k.
-They gave us a big plate of fruits at the end.
-There were photographers near the end of the circuit.
-We had to do 2 times 5k, so 2 times the same circuit. 
-A few hours post race and during the next few days my knees were hurting a lot. I put ice on that and it helped.

If you would like to run a race someday, DO IT! I highly recommend it as an exercise. I would love to run another 10k but this time I would like to improve my time. Unfortunately I live in the north so the weather will not allow me to train outside (and I hate running in gym machines…). I guess I now have a goal for next summer :)

Please let me know if you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to answer and chat about this!

PS: I thought I looked terrible in this picture until I saw the woman behind me :)

(Photo by Zoom Photo)

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