Okay, so I think I officially really love this distance. It is long enough to make me feel like a badass, but short enough to make me not die. Will totes still run a half-marathon in June and train for it and learn how to fuel properly but I gotta run more of these.
Chip time was 1:20:19. I was REALLY trying to break 1:20, but this is my first one so regardless of my finishing time, just finishing gave me a PR. And, apologies for the oversharing, but because I needed a bathroom break between miles 2 and 3 (good one, bladder! You’re really funny!), I know that I can actually break that time at some point. I walked a little but my mile splits were still under 13 minutes even with my delay and haters gonna hate.
Important things are as follows:
Race people, why why why would you have a course that has a beast hill from mile 5 to 5.5 I hate you just kidding it wasn’t that bad but that is where lots of my walking happened. The 50-something woman near me was straight up like “this is bad.” I agree! But I did it.
I still cannot pin on my race bibs in a way that does not look like I was heavily intoxicated while it happened. I really like this race bib because it says 10k on it. I am a ROCKSTAR.
This is such a stupid thing to complain about, but I am extra-sensitive about being a “slow runner,” so that is why I am mentioning it; I have lots of feelings and I don’t even go here. The event today had a 10k, 5k, and 2-mile “fun walk,” and they split up the courses pretty well, including a fork in the trail where a lady had the pleasure of air-traffic-controller-ing everybody (“10k!!!!!” *waves to right* “5k!!!!!” *waves to left* *repeat a thousand times*), poor girl. However, I am decidedly a back-of-the-pack kinda person, and that means by the time I got to the last quarter mile, the walkers now dominated the course and I had to leap over some strollers and dogs. I cannot actually get angry about this, because this was a fundraiser for colon cancer research, and what jerk is like “I wish fewer people walked so less money went to cure cancer”? Not me. But, because I am insecure about my running speed, I took the fact that the road was no longer clear for any of us slow’uns SUPER personally for like 20 minutes and was sad.
However, runners are THE BEST (srsly if you don’t run do it just so you can have everyone be nice to you always), are super supportive of anyone who laces up some sneaks, and love you if you are just there. (Sometimes I say sneaks so I can pretend I’m the Fresh Prince.) A large part of the course today was out-and-back, and everyone was like “keep going YAYYY” to everyone, regardless if you had turned around already and were doing like a 40 minute race or if you had just finished the first half and were at double that time. IF YOU RUN YOU ARE A RUNNER AND RUNNERS ARE THE BEST.
I got a tech shirt today (this seems to be a thing that happens a lot now? Down with cotton, idk) and it is really green and if I wear it I should probs post a picture.