As if I wouldn’t know that there would be hills… in a 10k, in Columbia, where there are a LOT of hills. How long have I lived here? Sometimes I am SO unaware. I never really looked at the route and I think that is a good thing, because if I would have anticipated this course I don’t think I would’ve done as well as I did.
I finished the Jay Dix Challenge to Cure 10k in 1:07:25. I’m happy with that because of the hills! My best 10k time is 1:04. That I was only 3 minutes off that on this course is pretty damn fantabulous in my book. Carl did great, coming in at 1:00 on the dot. They changed the age ranges seemingly mid-race, so what we thought was a second place (medal) finish for him turned out to be 4th place. Oh well. Another day. Bev walked the 5k and we all had a grand time post-race with pancakes (I skipped those) and beer (I did not skip the beer).
We often talk about doing your best on that day. I really felt like I did that on Saturday. I started out with the goal of just running the whole route without taking any walk breaks. I think it takes a lot of mental stamina to change plans/goals mid-race, and in my case, after I ran UP HILL the entire first mile. I wanted to lay down in the middle of the road and I’d only run a MILE. Holy crap. I was going to have to make some adjustments. 🙂
So I allowed myself to walk at the top of the hill after the first mile. Then again after some more %$#(*&! hills at the end of mile 2. Then again at mile 4. Then again at mile 6. Somewhere in there I missed a turn and nearly went the wrong way – a first for me and a clear reminder that as a runner I am always responsible for knowing my surroundings and the course. Duh.
So much of running is mental, though I do credit the hill runs we’ve been doing for some time now. I don’t think I would’ve known how to power through if we hadn’t been doing that, hard as it is. Same goes for yoga. I am so much stronger than I think I am. I know this to be true. When you are in the middle of it, though, it is difficult to push through. It is difficult to adjust your plan, make some mid-race, or mid-pose changes. It’s such a blow to the ego. But, honestly, that is the best feeling…when you can allow yourself some grace. I’ve found that when I just relax, and as my grandfather told me again and again, just let it be, I will have a good run. I will find my strength.
Next up is the GoGirlRun, here in Columbia, on the 24th. I’m SO not looking at the course! 🙂