Last updated on June 28th, 2015 at 06:03 pm
On New Years Day, I made some goals for 2015. Six weeks ago, I made a plan to accomplish my first goal, I signed myself up for a 10 Km race! After 6 weeks of training, I accomplished my first goal on Monday. I ran in my very first 10 km race EVER!
Before The Race
On Sunday, I started having some anxiety due to the extreme cold temperatures we were having. Although my winter clothes was OK for -10 C weather I feared it wasn’t appropriate for -20 C. I drove to a running store and made some very worthy purchases. I bought a Saucony outer shell as well as Saucony Siberius Tights and a pair of merino wool socks. I’ll be reviewing these products in weeks to come, but I can assure you that they served me well today.
I woke up bright and early at 5:30, that wasn’t the plan, but that’s when my little guy decided he was done sleeping. I ate my usal running breakfast of oatmeal, toast and coffee.
I checked the weather on my iPhone. It was -21 C (-5.8 F) but with the windchill, it felt like -29 C (-20.2). My husband thought I was nuts to go through with this. I was determined, afterall, I’ve been training for it for 6 weeks.
None the less, at 7:30, I headed out the door solo, praying that my car would start, and it did! So I was on my way!
Race Day Ready
I got to the race start with only 40 minutes to spare. I picked up my race kit, queued for the ladies washroom and before I knew it there was only 5 minutes to race time. I followed the crowd to the start line and the race started promptly at 9:00 sharp.
It was so cold, it took the first 2 km for my body to work up. By the third Km, I suffered from the dreaded runners stitch! For me, it’s usually caused by drinking water too close to race time. I worked through it. Before I knew it, I was at 5 km, running at a pace close to 6 min/km.
I think I did most of my thinking between kilometers 6 and 8, that’s when I started feeling a bit tired. It was so cold, I could feel ice forming on my eyelashes! I could see people running by me and they had wisps of white hair around their faces. I felt the hair around my face, it too was frozen, probably due to my exhaling hot air that would stick to my hair and freeze! Once I saw the 8 km marker, I felt re-energized, I looked at my watch and saw that I was around the 45 minutes mark, with only 2 km to go! I got really excited.
In training, I would run 10 Km somewhere between 65 min to 70 min. With the weather as it was, I figured that I’d be closer to the 70 min mark, but when I saw how well I was doing, I wondered if I could push it harder to run it sub 1 hour! I’m sooooo proud of myself for running it at 59.01! Since this is my first time running a 10 Km, this has become my PR (Personal Record).
After the race, I was very happy to see my husband and my son. It was too cold for my little guy to be out for very long, they aimed to see me at he finish line. Unfortunately, my husband got caught in traffic due to the race. Although they missed my finish, they were there to celebrate my accomplishment with me.
I’m very happy that I didn’t chicken out due to the cold weather. I have a great sense of accomplishment, I feel like a RUNNING MACHINE! This runners high will eventually wear off, but I’m enjoying it for now!
So, now with this race under my belt, I can look forward to the warmer future to join another race. There is a Chocolate Run on Mother’s Day that has caught my eye!
How are you doing with accomplishing your 2015 goals?