First, I want to say thank you for the nice comments both on the pictures Stephanie took of me and my family, and also on Jerry's post from yesterday. I'm super proud of Jerry for all the work he's done to lose the weight, so I was very excited to show him off ;) I think his head swelled from reading all the nice things you all said about him!
I was registered for the Kona 10K race today, and last week, I e-mailed the race director to see if it's too late to switch my registration to the 10-Mile if I should decide to. When he e-mailed me back, he said it wasn't too late, and that he switched it for me. So I guess that decision was made for me :)
But today couldn't have been better weather for a June race! Mid-60's, low humidity, overcast, and a gentle breeze. Unfortunately, my body didn't care how perfect the weather was; I woke up just as congested and snotty as I was yesterday. I also had a bad stomachache this morning. It just wasn't looking like a great race for me, so I figured I would just treat it like a training run. My long run pace is supposed to be 8:57-10:18/mi, so I figured I would start at the fast end of that and see how I felt.
I drove by myself to the race, but I knew Jessica and Renee were going to be there, so I figured I'd meet up with them. Stephanie was there also, but she was running with her son (he's 11, and did the 10K!). The Kona Run (called the Solstice Run last year) is a tropical-themed race. Last year, Jessica and I wore grass skirts, seashell bras, and leis. Today, I just wore a green sparkle skirt and a hot pink tank.
I picked up my packet, then waited in line for the bathrooms, where I saw Jessica, Renee, Courtney, and Jessica's friend Gail, who I hadn't yet met. We sat in Jessica's van for a little bit since we were early, and then headed to the starting line.
The 10K was scheduled to start at 7:15, and the 10-Mile at 7:30. Stephanie was running the 10K, so we watched for her at the 1/2 mile mark to cheer for her and her son. While I was there, someone asked me if I was Katie, and I discovered she was a reader of my blog, so I chatted with her for a minute (Hi, Crystal!). We saw Steph go by, and then someone else recognized me--she pointed and said, "Runs for Cookies!" I wish I'd gotten to meet her. Then it was time to line up at the start.
I still had no idea what pace I was actually going to be running, so I just wedged myself in where I could. When the race started, I ran next to Renee for a couple of minutes, but soon, she left me in her dust ;) I was having a really hard time breathing, because my nose was so stuffed up. Ty was there spectating (she's dealing with a knee injury, so she couldn't run), and she took a pic as I ran by.
The race is extremely hilly, and the peak of the biggest hill is at mile marker one. That hill was a monster, but my legs still felt strong, and (from what I remembered) the rest of the race wasn't too bad (I remembered wrong). I was kind of surprised that my pace was 9:08 for the first mile--I felt like I was running faster than that.
At around mile two, I started paying attention to my heart rate, and it was sky high. No wonder I was feeling so crappy. Every time I would get it into Zone 3, another hill would come up, and it would shoot up near Zone 5. I decided to just run by my heart rate rather than a particular pace, because my body was just NOT feeling well.
I knew Jessica would be running close to the pace I was running (she's gotten a lot faster since our marathon, too), so I was thinking I might slow down so she could catch up. But then I thought she may have already passed me. I really wanted someone to chat with, but everyone was wearing headphones, so I didn't try to start a conversation with anyone.
Despite the fact that I was feeling so crappy, the race actually went by pretty quickly. The last couple of miles, I managed to pick up the pace a bit, just because I knew I'd be done soon. I was relieved to finally cross the finish line. I grabbed a bagel and a banana, and then watched for Jessica for a few minutes. When I didn't see her, I figured she probably finished ahead of me.
After walking around a bit, I spotted the rest of the group. We took a picture with our finisher's medals:
Jessica had ended up finishing just a few minutes behind me. She said she could see me ahead of her almost the entire race! If I had known she was right there, I probably would have ran with her. My results:
Even though this was certainly not my best race, I still beat last year's time by a LOT. Last year, I finished in 1:49:09 (10:54/mi pace).
I'm kind of relieved that I don't have any other races planned between now and the Chicago Marathon. There are a couple of smaller ones I may do last-minute, but a break will be nice. I really loved this race last year, but I don't think I'll do it again next year. Regardless, I'm glad I ended up doing the 10-Miler instead of the 10K, so that it could just be my long run this week. I'm going to spend my activity PointsPlus on extra wine tonight, because my friend Sarah (from Arizona) is in town. I bought two bottles ;)
Congrats to Melinda Ott, the winner of the Quantum Scale! (I've sent you an e-mail, Melinda). Hope you like the scale :)