Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bellevue 10K Run

Today was my first official 10K race. I have completed this distance in half training, and I signed up for a 10K last year but never ran it. I woke up at 6:45AM this morning to eat some oatmeal and a banana before taking of shortly after 7AM. Thankfully the race was pretty close to my house so I arrived and was parked by 7:25AM. This provided me plenty of time to check out the sponsors, stretch and use the bathroom.


I love when the race alphabetizes the list - I usually end up with a pretty cool race number. I have started putting my number on my leg as it was 40 degree's when we started but I knew I was going to get hot and need to take off my coat a few miles in. While I was waiting for the race to start I realized that I need to go to the bathroom again, but figured I would tough it out. The race started out with an incline and continued to have ups and downs the entire race.


Around mile 2 I may or may not of jumped into so bushes to pee. Of course going pee 5x from the time I got up to the time the race started was not enough! There was enough of a break of the people behind me that I was able to get the job done and jump back onto the route mildly undetected. I guess that is an advantage to being on the slower side. At mile 3 NUUN had a water station set up and their were port-a-potty's I just don't think I would have been able to make it there.

The race actually went pretty well, until mile 5 when we combined with the 5Kers, and I spent the rest of the time weaving in between the strollers and 4-5 people wide walkers. I am not complaining but it was a little challenging to keep the motivation while feeling like I was playing frogger. According to Ms. Gia (my garmin) I completed the 1 hour and 18 minutes. I just checked the offical site and times have not been posted yet. Either way I am happy with my overall performance an average moving pace of 12:20.


After grabbing some water and a petie vanilla scone - thank you Starbucks for being a sponsor. I headed to my car and was home by 10AM.
Me in all my hotness post race
I picked up new shoes Asics 2150's on Friday and wore them on this race. During the run I had very little pain in my arches and my right knee only hurt on some of the downhills. As I sit here several hours later my arches do ache but not nearly as bad as the did with my last pair of shoes. I hope that these one will work out for the long run.

10 comments:

  1. Great job on your first 10k race! (I think the 10k distance is a tough one and prefer not to run it, I'm always so impressed with others that do well!)

    I've been icing my left arch and right ankle since I finished my run this morning. Maybe you should ice yours too?

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  2. - I have iced it once already. I plan to ice them again tonight. :)

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  3. Great Job Jen...I am glad that the new shoes helped. You make me want to go out and run right now!!

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  4. Hey, I am your newest follower!

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  5. NICE job this morning! I didn't even know there was a 10k going on! I love my Asics - I just moved from the 2150's to the Gel Evolution 9s.

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  6. Way to go! I've never peed during a race. It makes me nervous to think I may have to during the marathon.

    My first 10K, though, was very similar (Issaquah Salmon Days in 2009). I was doing good till I met up with the 5Kers and had to bob and weave. I don't like those courses that join in the end. They should start together so you can separate or something.

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  7. Congrats on your first 10K, very well done!

    I have never had to pee during a race but I do go a zillion times before the race starts because of my nerves for a race.

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  8. Posted about your first 10K over on my blog....sounds like it went well! So, when is the next one?

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  9. Congratulations Jen!! Very, very cool! I sure thought of you when I drove by the Main Street area (I noticed, too, that there was a jumble of runners and walkers and such going up the hill toward the park, in a pretty narrow lane!). Yes, maybe next year we can do it together, but in a year, you'll be flying through the course and I will still be squawking about how much my boobs bounce when I run! :)

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  10. @ Triathlon Benchwarmer - my next run is May 8th - my first half!

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