|You might as well JUMP! The You Go Girl Team!|
I really don't think I could have asked for a better first 10k experience. Despite the no training, crappy time, and mass pain, the spontaniety of it all and the people, oh the people, vastly out weighed all the bad. Plus, I must say I am secretly proud of myself for completing such a big distance (for me) on two weeks rest, running as much of it as I did. Ok, I guess it isn't a secret any more! And bonus, instant PR! Here is the story of my first 10k!
So, like we left off with, this wonderful opportunity was just thrust into our laps and Stacie and I snapped it up. We were up early Sunday morning not feeling much pressure. The plan was to enjoy the race. I was injured and had not run further than 3 miles so this was a huge stretch. We would simply run when we wanted and walk when things hurt or if we wanted to enjoy the sights or smell (it is Tacoma). Amanda was gracious enough to let us ride with her so we wouldn't get lost in the mean streets of T-town so we arrived at her house and waited with a few other runners for the bus to leave. At this point I did start getting a little nervous, watching everyone else prep up like this was a real race (because to them it was.) When we got downtown it was time for what we racers do best, taking pictures, it helps calm the nerves.
|Stacie and I avoiding the rain.|
|Tonia, Mel, and Kerrie|
|Amanda and Jessica|
|Tonia totally hopped in on our picture, bandit!|
Then we made our way up to the starting line and no one was lining up yet, so what did we do, take more pictures of course! Then we eventually lined up. Stacie and I chose to go right in front of the walkers by the 12 minute milers. I had no idea what pace I would be doing but we didn't want to be stuck behind the total walkers the whole time! We wished everyone luck, couldn't hear a thing but once everyone started moving so did we!
|More time to kill? Photo please!|
|Us by the 12 minute pace group sign (hello slow pokes!)|
|The crowd to front (hello speeders, though we would pass some of them)|
|Pictures while running are hard to take!|
|Very hard! This is around mile 2|
|The lovely sights!|
|The muddy park, and some random woman wanting to be famous!|
|We even basically stopped for this one and still it sucks!|
|Yay! I have finished my first 10k and Stacie had successfully paced me to a sub 2 hour 10k! Score for us both!|
|After race shot. We Go Girls!|
Official Time 1:18:26