So, when my friend Sara told me that she had signed up for the 10k, I couldn't resist. It's been awhile since I've ran a 10k. I guess I have just been stuck in a 5k holding pattern. I wanted to break that and go for the 10k. I felt good about it...until the actual day happened.
This was another hard week for me, which are now hitting me more often than not to start out 2013. My ex husband who was a big part of my life passed away on Tuesday. Even though we haven't spoken in forever due to the divorce and what nots, it was still a rough time for me. I was thrust in to the connecting point for everyone and I'm not sure how I got through it, but I did. Consequently, I was scared about this run. I hadn't slept much, I ate awful all week, and I drank more than I should have. And I'm not even including the fact that I haven't put foot to pavement for a run since the Sunday before this happened. But I was determined to go. So, I sent Sara a text warning her that I'm not prepared and I will be slow.
I went to pick up my packet the day before at Luke's Locker and ended up buying new shoes (Brooks Cadence) and some new clothes. I did get a free T-shirt, which I decided to wear on race day.
|Aren't they so beautiful? My first minimal shoe with some padding. I only wished I could wear them on the run.|
|My new blue Thoro socks to match my new shoes, new black Nike Dry Fit Capris (LOVE THEM) with a back zipper pocket , old Asics Nimbus, and my free T-shirt.|
Parade you say? Yes, this run is followed by a parade with all those people from the trail ride and other people representing something of Houston. We even get to see them lined up on our run route. Also, we get a pretty decent crowd cheering us on because of the parade.
I met up with Sara, Kris, and their friend Erica right by the start line. These are some of the pictures I took.
|The cowboy boot sneakers were very popular. Why didn't I think of this?|
|I'm not sure what to say about this guy. I thought it was fake at first, but it was not. Too much bronze?|
|I couldn't help not getting a picture of me by the big boot.|
|This girl was just too cute for words.|
|Kris, Sara, Erica, and I by the boot.|
|So, I finally got set up to take this picture. I was in perfect position. I waited for everyone to get out of my way. As soon as I took the picture, this guy to right got in the picture to stand right next to the Marines. Thanks Douche!|
|I had to run for this shot.|
|This was right before the race...literally.|
|Heading to a normal start position. Yeah, I instagrammed it!|
|The trail ride and parade route lined up ready to follow us.|
|These were some loud spectators that you just had to love.|
|Why didn't I think of an outfit like this?|
Then, I saw the finish line. I was so excited. I'm going to PR. And then Sara said, "No, that's the 5k finish line." WTF?! Lots of curse words came out of my mouth. What kind of sick joke is the race organizers trying to pull on us 10kers? In fact, I think they hated us, but more on that later. After that soul crushing tenth of a mile, I relinquished my dream of getting a PR. I didn't even see the finish line. So, now...I focused on finishing. I couldn't stop; I had to keep going. We crossed the finish line at 1 hour 11 minutes on the timer. I still wasn't sure if I got a PR. I searched my blog later that evening and saw that I got my 10k PR in 1 hour 12 minutes. The race results finally came out...
Pace per Mile
I FREAKING GOT A PR!!! Holy moly. I was SO NOT expecting that at all and I have to thank Sara for it. She was awesome and I probably would have finished this well over an hour and half if it was not for her. Yes, I ran it, but she encouraged me, especially at the end. I'm super freaking excited about it, but after two days, I'm still so very sore. You can watch my finish video (which is pretty cool that they have) here.
|Sara and I after the race. Look...I'm not dead yet.|
|What a cool shot of Houston in the background. Although, we aren't sure what that fenced area was. A cemetary?|
But all in all, I'm happy I went and I got a PR. The walk back to my car had an interesting view.
|These cowboys yelled at me in a good way.|
|These cowboys and cowgirls were blasting the Tejano music. The horse jumped and pranced to the tune of the music. It was nice ending to my run.|
Next up...The Color Run on March 24, 2013, with Morgan, Kate, and Jules as The Color Giants. If you want to join us, just sign up.