It turned out to be a gorgeous day. The morning was a little chilly but, for the end of October, we couldn't have asked for better weather. Mom and I were ready to go and didn't have to wait too long. The course was around a park - twice for the 10K. I didn't realize how far 6.2 miles actually was until I got to the end of 3.1 and realized I was only halfway there. But, I was determined to keep going and I had made it to the halfway point in about 35 minutes which made me happy.
Mom and I had split up pretty much from the beginning. I got off to a quicker start but she eventually passed me when I had to start walking. I had my ipod so I was good! I knew the second half was going to be more difficult than the first but I also kept telling myself how close I was to being done. That gave me a few bursts of energy :) I definitely walked more in the second half but every time I felt like I could, I would jog for a little while. I kept looking at my watch to see how I was doing on time. Then I would look behind me to make sure there were still people behind me...I didn't want to be the last one! By the time I got close to mile 6, someone who I had been close to most of the race gave me the push I needed to finish - she said, come on, you've only got .2 miles to go. So, I started running and I went across the finish line an hour and 14 minutes after I started! I was soooo excited! My goal (in addition to not being last) was to finish in under an hour and a half. Oh, and did I mention I had strep earlier in the week? So, I was coughing and blowing my nose throughout the race.
When I went across the finish line, I saw my mom and then, to my surprise, I saw my sister, brother-in-law and my niece! They had come out to see me finish! Meant the world to me that they would take the time to do that :)
I have to say, it was completely worth it. I had fun, loved doing it with my mom (even though we weren't together most of the time) and really feel like I accomplished something I never thought I could. Here's mom and I after we both finished :)
I think I'll wait til the cold weather goes away before I try another race. And I may stick with 5K's for awhile until I get more used to this running thing. But, I am so happy I tried the 10K and finished it in the time I did - Feels amazing!