Race for the Cure 10k

I ran my first 10k this weekend!

My friend Karen forms a team each year for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Her nickname is Blondie so her team name is Blondie’s Boobies. Too cute. I thought this would be a great chance to get a 10k under my belt and help out a great cause!

For not being prepared it went so much better than I thought it would.

I started off following my 10k training schedule to a T. Then work got busy. Life got busy. Runs started to slip…especially the long ones. Eventually I came to the realization that I was not going to be fully prepared for this race, but to keep training as best I could the last few weeks.

Saturday morning came and thank goodness I’m some what of a light sleeper. I heard my phone vibrate and saw a text from Karen asking if I was close. Then I saw it was 6:30 a.m.! I had set my alarm for 6 a.m. with hopes of already being downtown at 6:30 a.m. I jolted awake, scarfed down some peanut butter on bread, downed some water, got dressed and was out of there in 15 minutes.

The traffic wasn’t as bad as I expected, but still backed up with people trying to park. Luckily, Karen reminded me of a parking garage close to Vinoy Park and it seemed like no else remembered it because it was practically empty. I speed walked to the team’s meeting point to say hello. After a few minutes the gun went off to start the 10k. We were right by the start line so we hopped a fence and brought up the rear 🙂

My plan for the race was to just stay at a steady, comfortable pace. My ideal goals were to run the whole time and to do the race in an hour. But I was fine with not meeting those goals if I felt I couldn’t.

My average paces:

Mile 1 – 11:18

Mile 2 – 11:16

Mile 3 – 11:11

Mile 4 – 11:18

Mile 5 – 9:22

Mile 6 – 10:01

The first mile was a little rough. I was starting to wonder weather I could do the whole 6 miles. But I told myself the first mile is the worst. I was happy to be keeping around a 11 minute pace. My speed felt good and I started to feel really comfortable. This was actually my best run yet. I got in a zone and was just enjoying the course and people watching as I ran. I don’t know anyone who has or has had breast cancer, but seeing people who were wearing “In memory of” and “In celebration of” bibs inspired me to keep going and to finish strong.

I felt a surge of energy at mile 5 and picked up my pace, thinking I could hold it till the end. I ended up burning out towards the end some, but once I saw that finish line I went for it.

Time: 1:06:37

I’m pretty proud of my time. Not the hour I wanted, but I still thought I did pretty good for not being fully trained.

I grabbed some fruit and water and headed back to our team meeting spot to wait for the others who were doing the 5k. After congratulating them I headed home (with a stop for bagels on the way) to eat breakfast and to take a nap.

I eventually got up to meet up my friend Kyle at Folkfest.

Folkfest is an annual festival that acts as a fundraiser for Creative Clay. I’ve always wanted to go and have always missed it so I was glad to finally be able to check it out. It wasn’t as big as I thought it was going to be. There was music, some food and drink vendors and some art vendors. I was just expecting more art vendors. Kyle and I grabbed some refreshing sangria (it was HOT out) and walked around the different art booths. Some were really unique and there was one in particular that I really loved. The name is escaping me now, but the artist did found art, which I always find interesting. We listened to some of the music, but once our sangria ran out we decided to hit the road.

Sunday I tagged along with my friend Ashley to International Mall. I really need to make it up there more often. They finally put in a Gap, they seem to be revamping Forever 21 and they’re putting in a White House Black Market. Love it!

Later that night my mom and I went to American Stage for Hawk and Wayne’s improv show, which was very entertaining. Gavin Hawk, who is part of the two man show, was my theater professor at Eckerd so it was great to see him perform after such a long time.

More in depth blogs to come on Folkfest and Hawk and Wayne on my Articulate blog 🙂

Have you ran a race lately or have one coming up?

Run, Run, Run

It’s been a pretty typical week. Meeting Monday. Got nails done yesterday with my mom and went out to dinner. Another meeting tonight.

Because I ended up working a lot of hours on Sunday I get to deduct some hours from my days this week. So when I got off early on Monday I thought I would make dinner. I wanted to try Iowa Girl Eats’ Caprese Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Sausage.

Ohh the adventures of Katie in the kitchen. I really should have someone film me cooking because I’m sure it’s quite hiliarious to the seasoned cook. From my chopping skills (or lack there of) to my sauce making. Instead of letting my sauce stay on the heat and get all nice and thick I turned off the heat and it stayed thin. When Jon saw me finishing off my assembling of the lasagna layers he said, “You know you’re supposed to break off pieces of lasagna to make it go all the way across if the pieces are too short.” Oops. Enter random leftover noodles being crammed into the sides so the lasagna wouldn’t cook weird.

I made the recipe just as it was written and I think it actually came out pretty good. I could have put more basil, but other than that it was good. A pretty simple dish. Jon and I both agreed some sort of green and mushrooms would have been an exciting addition. But since this is a caprese inspired lasagna I know it was meant to be simple and light tasting.

So I’ve kind of been ignoring running lately. Since I don’t have a race coming up I thought I could just take it easy. Plus I’ve been hitting up Fit for Fashion and enjoying the change up in workouts.

But there’s already been talks of fall races and I’m already officially signed up for one. It seems so far off, but in running time it’s really just around the corner. I was asked if I wanted to do the Hooters 2 Hooters run, which is in September and I jumped on board. Then I was trying to decide if I wanted to do the 5k or 10k. I’ve done two 5k races so far and would like to do a 10k at some point. I know I definitely want to do the 10k for my friend’s Race for the Cure team in October. So I’m thinking I’ll give the 10k a shot for the Hooters race and then really race for time for Race for the Cure.

Here’s a rundown of all the races I’ll be doing this fall:

September – Hooters 2 Hooters 10k

October – Race for the Cure 10k

November – Women’s Running Magazine 5k

December – Color Run 5k

Ok, so now I have a goal of running my first 10k in September. Last night I found a 10k training plan that I liked and backed up the dates. To be ready by race date I have to start training June 25. Holy crap, that’s like a week and a half away! I was a bit overwhelmed at first, just because it’s been awhile since I’ve been consistently running. And the long runs are indimidating to me. The most I’ve run without stopping is 5 miles. Can I really run 8 miles (the longest run in my plan)?

Yesterday morning I went to a Lift & Run class at Fit for Fashion. It was a mix of weights and running drills. Great class, but I hate suicides with a passion. Then the last thing we had to do was sprint across the parking lot, then jog around the front of the building. Three times. It might not seem like much, but after an hour of moving and sweating this was the last thing any of us wanted to do. Our instructor saw our faces and said, “I know that each and every single one of you can do this…without stopping. Now you just need to tell yourself that you can do this.” And we did.

I always try to bring that encouragement with me on my runs. Running really is a very mental sport. I know my body can do it. I just need to believe that it can and trust it.

10k here I come!

What races do you have planned for the future?