The 10K is definitely my distance!
It is short and sweet (relatively speaking), and I get to run fast!
This morning I ran my first official 10K!
I ran this race all by myself this morning—no family/friends cheering me on, no friends to run with, etc.
I was a little bummed (and lonely at the race), but I still had an enjoyable time. (I have done a couple of races by myself in the past, so I knew I would be okay. )
It was a chilly morning with temps in the low-40s. (Yikes! Look at all that snow on the mountains!)
The race started behind a hotel in Anchorage, which was really nice because we were able to hang out in the warm lobby before the race started! And use “real” bathrooms! (Oh, the little joys in life.)
There was also a large fire pit outside to stay warm until it was time to start.
It was really neat with the blue-colored rocks.
This was the first-annual Zombie & Pirate Festival that featured an ultra-marathon, marathon, half-marathon, and 10K.
I was excited to run but still not entirely sure what to expect—especially since I just raced on Sunday!
I did some slow jogging to warm-up, light stretching, and then was ready to go!
Overall, I felt really strong the whole way. It was an out-and-back course, so it was nice to know how far I had left to go—plus I could see how many people were in front of me.
I was surprised when I reached the half-way point and saw only ONE woman in front of me. I made it my goal not to let any more females pass me, and I am happy to report I finished second overall for the women! (The other woman was way too far ahead of me to catch up with her.)
Overall Place: 13/196
Gender Place: 2/139
Average Pace: 7:15 minutes/mile
Mile 1 – 7:41
Mile 2 – 7:12
Mile 3 – 6:25
(I did not see any mile markers after this, so I didn’t get the rest of my splits.)
After the race, I checked my stats, grabbed some free food, and then hopped in my car to get to my appointment for an hour-long massage! It was glorious!
Then it was time to grab some food.
House of Bread is very similar to Great Harvest, but with two added bonuses:
1.) seating inside so you can actually enjoy your food in the bakery
2.) Their sandiwch line is open pretty much all day, whereas Great Harvest only makes sandwiches from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
I got the special of the day which included: turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, and mayo served on honey whole wheat. It also came with a side of chips. Delicious and exactly what I was craving!
I spent the rest of my day Skyping with my sister, doing laundry, catching up on Facebook, and just enjoying my weekend.
What is your favorite distance to race?