Couldn't fall asleep and didn't have any Tylenol PM. Carolyn was my roommate. She was quite as a mouse. Had a sleepless night. Got up at 6:15. Dressed. Left the house in Hurricane at 6:55 to pick up Kathie from her hotel in SG at 7:15. It was so GOOD to see Kathie! :) Got to Ivins with lots of time to use the pop...good thing because the dinner salad did not agree with my tummy! My friends insisted that Kathie called Teena (my cell died) to ask her to bring her inhaler as I didn't bring mine and my asthma was acting up last night and this morning. Got on the bus with RAD. Windy and a bit chilly at the start. Teena, Annie and Nick found us..so did Jon and KellyA...so fun to see friends! :) :) :)
Very apprehensive about this run for several reasons: 1) I'm still rehabbing from a metatarsal stress fracture, 2) stressed out with loss of my driver's license and credit cards, 3) tired and out of shape, 4) have very little experience in 10Ks. The last time I ran 10K was 3 years ago at DNews (49:31). I've run Spectrum in 2008 (49:15), 2009 (47:50) and Payson Onions Day (51:43) taking 1stAG in all three by pure luck! :) The only reason for this run is to complete the SG runner series...so no goal... hope to walk/run to the finish in one piece.
Lined up with Kathie, Nick and Annie. It was wonderful to have Kathie there to keep me warm. :) The race started on time. I was ecstatic to find myself running with Kathie, Nick and Annie. It was rather crowded. I held back the urge to weave around runners until Kathie said that we "should do some tangent"...then I found an opening and took it. The downhill felt great. I just ran easy and rolled with the gravity down the first mile. Mile 2 flattened out a bit and I started to feel warm so I walked on the slight incline taking off my jacket and tied around my waist. There were some headwind but wasn't too bad. Walked and drank through the first aid station. Mile 3 was downhill, the foot felt fine, however the breathing started to feel labored.
Passed a little boy in mile 4, and asked how old he was...9, running his first 10K and ahead of his parents. We hung together a bit. Mile 5, quads started to complain, feeling tired but fought the urge to walk. Skipped the last aid station and kept praying with gratitude in my heart. I seriously could not believe that I was running instead of walking or limping. After the last turn and could see the finish, I just focused on the finish line hanging on with dear life. Teena and RAD was walking back about 100m from the finish on the left side. RAD jumped in to run me to the finish. I could hear Teena's kids cheering but I couldn't return their cheer...felt like I was going to puke! Felt a bit dizzy when I saw my Garmin stopped at 50:50! I seriously could not believe I did it!
Splits: 7:52, 8:22, 7:57, 8:10, 8:27, 8:52, 7:30. Official time: 50:52, good enough to take 2nd in my division.
I wanted to do some cool down jogging with Teena, Annie and RAD but felt completely drained with jello legs and tight quads so I skipped it. Better safe than sorry. After the award ceremony, we drove to SG to watch the girls' soccer game at noon. Grabbed lunch at 2:30 before the drive home.
Am very very very very grateful for the support of my wonderful running friends and the blessings and joy of being able to run! :) :) :)