Monday, October 3, 2011

In the future, I'll try to manage these running posts.

You guys!  I'm on FALL BREAK for two weeks.  It is the most amazing feeling.  Knock on wood that my county will never change this schedule/I stay at this school for a while!  Anyhow, I'm about to bore excite you with more running talk.  If you're not interested, I'm guest posting today over at the fabulous blog of Olivia.  Go give her some love :)


This weekend I got up around 6:10 with D to head over to the Carrboro 10k.  We headed off to pick up KayD and J who agreed to come and cheer me on.  I am so grateful for the three of them coming to support me.  I know it takes a LOT to get up that early on the weekend (not to mention the fact KayD and J didn't get home until early Saturday morning after bartending).  Before I left, I did fuel up with some delicious peanut butter toast.

We drove over to Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC.  It was a pretty chilly morning.  I was freezing before the start and nervous about how that would affect my game.  I was super nervous on Friday, but for whatever reason my nerves weren't hitting me as badly on Saturday.  Soon it was time to prepare for the start!


No, you can not see me here.  I'm way in the back, but this was the only picture D captured of the race.  It was a relatively small race.  I had mentally set a goal of running the 10k in 1:15, but seeing as last weekend my splits were averaging 12:30+, I wasn't completely confident.  When focusing on my running, I had no time to snap pics along the route, but here is a breakdown of my splits.


Seriously?  I was shocked when I looked down at the Garmin and saw 11-something when I passed the mile 1 marker!  I'm super proud of my splits!  The course was very mildly hilly, and I had no problems on the hills.  D, KayD, and J awesomely met me right after mile 4 passing me a Gu and my inhaler (which I didn't need).  I really loved seeing the car waiting in traffic and having KayD jump out to pass me the goods.  People should never underestimate the power of having support at a race!  I pushed it the last mile knowing how close I was and how much energy I had left!  I wish D would have snapped a picture of my crossing the finish (I couldn't find myself in the race pics...bummer).  According the the official race results my time was 1:10:26.  My first 10k PR!  And five minutes better than I thought I couldn't do!  I felt so proud and awesome after the race!

The aftermath:  Some crazy blisters on my toes.  I felt some blisters after mile 1 but didn't let them hold me back.  Turns out, one bandaged toes caused a nasty bleeding blister on another toe.  We enjoyed a delicious breakfast in Carrboro and a glorious three-hour nap after returning home.  Yesterday, I was still on a high from my race.  For now, my feet are better, I'm relaxing and enjoying my fall break!

Ps. Head over to Meghan's blog and read her first recap from her first half marathon!  She and I have sort of been training together (and she was part of my motivation to train for a half).  I am so, so proud of her!  Go over and give her some props!

12 comments:

WannabeRunner said...

Way to go!!! You had great splits & congrats on the PR! :)

merrberruns.com said...

Congrats girl!! that's an awesome time!!

The Girlie Blog said...

Excellent job!

Meaghan said...

Congrats on the PR - Thats so, so, so great!!! Nice work out there!!

Olivia.Dee said...

you did amazing! congrats!!! so, so happy for you!

this free bird said...

Yay on a 2 week break!! And I saw that you had completed the run on twitter and gave an internal WOO HOO!!

xo,
C

Katie said...

Congrats and enjoy your 2 weeks off!

Megan said...

Way to go, girl!! Two weeks? JEEZ! And I was pumped about having two DAYS off!

Danielle said...

Way to go! Enjoy your break =)

Stephanie said...

Congrats!! PB toast is the best, btw. :)

Jess A @cajunrunnerjess said...

Congrats on your PR! I would love to have a break right now. My vacation is not until next month. The wait is killing me!

meghan said...

Yayyy Kristin!! So excited for you! I'm so glad that you were so confident! Confidence is what makes you go good times I think. And thanks for the shoutout!! :) It's so fun that we get to talk about all this together and know what each other is going through. I want to run one together soon!

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