One of my goals for 2013 (…and 2012) was to complete a 10K.
I’m proud (and relieved) to tell you all that it’s been checked off the list!
On March 9, I ran in the Leprechaun Chase 10K.
I mean, if you’re going to run in a 10K for the first time, why not have it be a St. Patrick’s theme?
The concept is simple:
Lasses get a 5 1/2 minute head start.
If a lass crosses the finish line first, all lasses get a free beer – and vice verse.
The race started at the Strategic Air and Space Museum – or rather, inside one of the hangars.
The huge bay doors opened after the Star Spangle Banner played and we were off.
The route meandered through Mahoney State Park and wasn’t lacking in the hill department.
Amazingly enough, it wasn’t as difficult as I had convinced myself it would be.
I did walk a few times, maybe a half a mile total.
My goal was to finish in approximately an hour – at the pace of 10:00/mile.
I crossed the line in 1:03:31.
In my first 10K, full of hills.
Needless to say, I was pretty damn happy with that result.
My fastest mile clocked in at 8:28 – my first mile, weaving around people and getting into a good space.
My slowest clocked in at 10:58 – Mile 5. My legs felt fine, but my head was starting to get the best of me.