Great Potato 10k………….Check!
I ran in the race on saturday but I didn’t do it for the potato.
Honestly, when my alarm started blaring early on saturday morning I knew right then that all Personal Records were out the window and if I completed this race at I would be amazed.
Let’s just put it this way- either the one gin and tonic I drank the night before (rest assured I indulged like a million glasses of water with it) or the steak sandwich and greasy sweet potato fries I ate did not sit well in my tummy. TMI – but I was having lots of tummy issues pre-race and was really nervous how I would feel with that all jostling around as ran.
But being the trooper that I am, combined with the fact that I had already paid $35.00 for this race I figured I would at least give it a good try.
This is my pre-race photo. If you look closely I am not a happy panda. I was not very excited at this point. I just kept thinking well I have my cell phone with me incase I need boyfriend to pick me up along the race route.
Then it was 8:30 a.m and they were calling all the racers to line up. I took my place a couple rows behind the start line, got garmina all set to go and for the first time since I received her, turned Pinky on for inspiration.
Then we were off.
The starting gun went off, and it was like slow motion. Everyone leisurly ran through the start gates. I was surprised by the lack of pushing, shoving and trampling at the gun start as I had got nearly mowed over in the Beat Coach Pete Race.
I started running, not sure if the knot in my stomach was going to bother me, or if I was going to have to walk it off. Oddly enough, I didn’t feel too bad once my feet started going.
I looked down at garmina and I was holding a 9:45 pace. I was pleasantly surprised at my speed, but just let my feet trod to the music.
I finished the first 3 miles in 30 minutes without even one walking break.
Then it got rough. I remember almost hitting mile four and feeling a bit woosie. I slowed down and started adding in more walking breaks. I knew I was over half way and I just needed to finish.
I trudged along and found some blue Gatorade at mile 5 and chugged some of that. Then just kept running mixed with walking for the last mile.
I was never more excited to see that finish line.
And was super excited when I saw J. Alabama, mom dad and friends Nicole & Amy in the crowds cheering me on as I sped to the finish.
I couldn’t believe I finished and without any major problems.
And I finished in 105:13 – so 1 hour and five minutes! That’s only about 4 minutes more than my first 10k.
You may recognize Nicole on my left, she has been my race buddy for the last few races, though she decided to play cheerleader this time. On my right is my friend Amy who has been a loyal member of the Will Run for Wine group. I was so excited that they came down to cheer me on. It meant a lot to me!
It was also extra special to have my parents there rooting me on. This was their first time watching me run in a race and I think they were pretty excited about how crazy it gets around the finish line. Thanks Mom & Dad – your support means so much to me!
Then we went to find some chocolate milk (my favorite post race indulgence) . And lookie what I spotted…..
They really were giving out potatoes! (Kara – I cracked up and thought of you)
As much as I wanted to eat one of those potatoes, we opted for a real breakfast instead.
It has actually become post-race tradition for J. Alabama and I to hit up a certain breakfast joint. So we invited my parents to join in the fun.
Funny enough I ended up ordering this for breakfast :
Bacon & Tillamook Potato Cakes & Eggs-
Griddle browned potato pancakes filled with bacon and cheddar cheese and green onions. Topped with a dallop of sour cream and applesauce. And a side of grapes.
(I was so exhausted and sore by the end of the race I forgot to take any pictures of my awesome breakfast or even of J. Alabama!) 😦
But regardless, I got my well deserved potato for the day and I was happy.
I ended up switching into my Great Potato wicking shirt during breakfast because my other shirt was drenched!
Thank you for all your well wishes! I have to admit that I was feeling better by the end of the day and am super glad I went out there and ran even though I wasn’t feeling 100%.