Run to Remember 10k Recap!

Well, I did it y’all! I ran a 10k. And I mean ran… I didn’t stop to walk at all during any of those 6.2 miles! Woot!

For various reasons, I didn’t have anyone cheering me on at the actual race (though a few texts and Snapchats throughout made me smile!), so more than ever this run was definitely a mental challenge for me. I am always pep talking myself through long runs… So while it’s all still fresh in my mind, I wanna recap the race mile by mile and let you know what was going through my head πŸ˜›

First off, I popped out of bed at 7:45 and headed to the kitchen for my pre-race meal of champions:

Sprouted whole wheat toast + Nutella, and a serving of fitmixer Clean Energy. I almost always have this before my long runs on Saturday mornings, and I have had a lot of success with it. I even take it on Saturday mornings sometimes to avoid hangovers…. #truestory

After getting dressed and trying to figure out how to attach my timer to my Lock Laces (ugh), I headed over to Capitol Mall.

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at the start!

At 9:11am (It was a 9/11 Memorial run), we were off!

Mile 1: Whoooaaaa people get outta my way! Alright. Passed all the slowpokes…now who should I pace myself with? I need to keep it slow. That girl looks like the same general size/athleticness as me…Hmmmmm….But what if she’s running the 5k? She’ll be going too fast…It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Where are the 10k runners??

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still smiling because i didn’t know what laid ahead…..

Mile 2: Whoops, my split for the first mile was 9:27. (I usually aim for 10 minute miles for my first couple) Cool your jets Katie!!! You’ll regret it come mile 4! There have already been like 2-3 hills…I hope there aren’t many more. I can’t believe I don’t have a sidecramp!

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view right after the 3 mile mark

Mile 3: (This is where it started getting tough. A lot of the course looped through the same spots more than once, so we went back over the hills from earlier.. And then some) WHAT. THE. HELL. Halfway through, Katie, HALFWAY THROUGH. Mile 2 was slightly slower than mile 1, might as well just keep that pace now. Even though your legs are already feeling like jello…

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going over the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento at the beginning of mile 3

Mile 4: Alright, you slowed down to a 10 minute mile for that last one, but you’ve gotta step it up here!! Actually get some damn water at the 4.5 mile mark so you don’t crap out like you did in Manteca last weekend! So. Many. HILLLLLS. You’re heading back over the bridge into downtown soon, that’s a good sign.

Mile 5: The water helped. Feelin’ good now… running through the flat, shady mall has never felt so good.

Mile 6.2: Just gotta finish strong. But wheeeereeee is this damn finish line?! We better not be making a full loop here… please, I swear to Buddha the finish line better be right there when we turn onto 4th Street….

it was!

FINISH!

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Chip time: 1:02:27

In my 20-29 age group, I finished 21st. Not too shabby.

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Unfortunately, my goal was to finish in 1:00:00, so I didn’t quite get there. This is because of several factors… First off, my first 2 miles were waaayyy too fast. I felt like I was going slowly, but I started at a pace that was definitely too fast to maintain. Secondly, I definitely should have done some of my long training runs on the actual course. I had no idea how many hills there would be! We went over several bridges (that are somewhat elevated), past Old Sacramento where the street dips down, and along the River Walk, which is down along the river below the sidewalk/street level. My legs were definitely not happy about the hills!

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they were, however, happy about free food!

Regardless of my time, I feel great for finishing and I can’t believe I can now say that I’ve run 6 miles. Just 3 months ago I NEVER thought I’d pass the 5K/3 mile mark…It’s just a testament to how practice and planning can help you achieve more than you’d ever expect!

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And for all my hard work, I decided it was definitely necessary to #treatyoself (myself), and got a luxury pedicure! Win. Sorry, bank account.

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Hope you’ve had a great weekend! Go 49ers :)

15 thoughts on “Run to Remember 10k Recap!

  1. Love the #treatyoself reference!! You totally deserved that pedi after that run! Way to go on your first long race – you killed it!! It is crazy how many slow people always catch me off guard at the beginning… always need to plan in time for passing them πŸ˜‰

  2. I am seriously so impressed by your ability to run a 10k without stopping. Amazing. But if I’m being honest, I’m even more impressed by your ability to take pictures while running without dropping your phone. So multitalented ;).

    Congrats <3!!

  3. Great job on your run Katie! Haha, your thoughts at the beginning sounded pretty similar to mine at my last race. I tried to pair up pace with someone who I thought I could keep up with.

    Yeah, now I have to go map out the course so I know what to expect. Hills are killer on your pace!

    You really did awesome though and I love all of the selfies! :)

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