10km Footstock Race Recap

Right around this time last month, I participated in my first 10km race. It was raining, but I managed. For this race, we experienced torrential downpour. No word of a lie, there were times where closing my eyes and running was better than keeping them open and drowning my eyeballs. But, I did it.

Pre-race

We woke up a couple of hours before we had to go so I could share my kale chip recipe with you all, and have a protein packed smoothie. My [sleepy] smoothie contained:

  • 1 cup Eden Organic soy milk [kept for special occasions]
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup mixed berries

The race started at 8:20am and was an hour from home, so we left at 6:15 to give us time to pick up my race bag. I don't think we needed to leave as early as we did, but oh well! Once I had all my goodies, we headed back to the car to check up on emails and hang out for an hour. I packed an apple quinoa cake with me, so I snacked on that too. This hour of waiting, staring out at the rain was torture. 20 minutes before the race was set to begin, I decided I wasn't going to run. Running in rain and thunder is not a good time, running is supposed to be fun, right? Then a bunch of thoughts floated to the surface:

  • I've committed to running, to my health, and my training.
  • Pain is short lived, regret lasts forever.
  • Everyone has wished me good luck and believes I can do it [thanks everyone!]. Why don't I believe in myself?
  • Each and every person participating in the race is going to be experiencing just as much rain as me.

And with that, I grabbed my running belt, music, gloves and went inside the complex to do my warm-up routine.

The course

The course was 1 loop, which was nice because I knew what to expect on my way back. Kilometer 4 was one big hill, which I made up perfectly [thank you hill training!]. One thing that took me by surprise is that we were running on this red gravel stuff. When wet it just turns to mud, so... that was fun. Other than that, it was smooth sailing!

The race

It was a very, very slow start. The path we started on allowed for absolutely no passing. Everything was muddy, people were falling, it was just bad. It took about 15-20 minutes for everyone to spread out. While I was out running, Kevin was tucked away on the side of the building. Brrr...

The first half

It was frustrating not being able to pass people until 15 minutes into the race. My goal was to maintain a pace of 6:15min/km [or 9:59min/mile]. Pace is a marker you can use so that you know how hard to push yourself and still have enough energy to finish the race, something I didn't do during my first 5k. Kilometer 4 ended with a large hill. It wasn't a steep incline, but it went on for a good while. Not to worry though, I killed it!

The second half

I really stepped it up a notch on the way back. There was just 5km left, I knew what to expect in the course and I went as hard as I could for as long as I could. The wind started up at the 7th kilometer which really sucked. Water was pooling in my sweater, my pants sucked up a lot of rain, and my ear buds started making a fizzing noise and stopped working. Once I turned the corner and saw the finish line lite up with 1:01:00, I pushed myself as HARD as possible to get in under 1:02:00.

Post-race

Banana, towel, nap in the car, buckwheat + chicken risotto. In that order.

Results

I finished at 1:02:28 and an average pace of 6:13min/km [my last race was 6:51]. This tells me that my knee is getting stronger, my body is getting fitter, and I still have a ways to go until I'm at my peak. My ultimate goal this season is to get to a 5:30min/km pace [or 8:51min/miles]. I ran at an interval set of 10 minutes and rested for 1 minute. All in all, I had to stop to walk a total of 5 times or, 5 minutes. The below is all in kms... I am NOT the speed demon that many of you thought I was during my last race recap!

Lessons

  • Okay, I know I said I was going to get contacts, but I totally forgot. I had to run without glasses and it wasn't fun! Note: GET CONTACTS!
  • When it's raining as bad as it was yesterday, wear shorts. My pants were so wet that by the end of the race it felt like I was carrying buckets of water around my knees.
  • Ditch the arm band iPod holder, my amphipod hydration belt does the trick!
  • Get water proof/resistant ear buds.

Things I said I needed to work on from my last race + how I did...

  • focus - get into the zone -- check!
  • keeping hips square instead of bending into them -- much better than last time!
  • pushing feet hip distance apart -- for the most part
  • landing on midfoot -- for the most part
  • positive affirmations -- oh yes, I've been rockin' these!
  • relaxing upper body -- nothing hurts today, so that's a good sign

Things I need to work on for my next race...

  • Propelling my leg behind me
  • Push myself a bit harder: aim for a faster pace when training
  • Continue to square off my hips
  • Send my knee some positive thoughts!

All in all, I'm happy I did it!

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