My First 10K Race! (2014 Cherry Blossom 10K)

Good Saturday afternoon everyone! Wow – another week that has flown by.  I know that I haven’t been on here for the past couple of days but rest assured my half marathon training is doing great.  Two weeks from today, I will be running my first half marathon in Athens, GA.  I started to train in early January but it feels like I just started my training yesterday.

Well today, I participated in my first 10K race.  I was suppose to run in the 2013 National Veteran’s Day 11K Run in Atlanta, GA but to my surprise and disappointment, the event ended up being cancelled.  Instead, I did a virtual run:  I ran my 11K here at home and after I was done, I logged in my mileage.  I got a certificate, a medal, and lapel pin for participating.  My time for that was 1:05:01 with an average pace of 9:30.  Not bad for a virtual 11K.  But it wasn’t a RACE!

It was late February when I was scrolling through the local race calendar and I noticed that there a Cherry Blossom Road Race scheduled for March 22, 2014.  It was one of the many festivities to kick off the Cherry Blossom Festival.  In addition, the race benefits Wesley Glen Ministries, an organization that serves adults with mental disabilities. When I noticed that they had a 10K route, I signed up without hesitation.

Before I went to the race, I met up with the Run For God 5K and 10K groups that were training early in the morning at 6:30.  For the 10K group, they were running the longest distance that the training called for: 6 miles.  I didn’t run; I was out there to cheer them on as they past by while I was enjoying my toasted peanut butter bagel.

I couldn’t stay long, so I left and headed to the race.  When I got there, I “ran” into friends from the Run Fit Sports, Robins Pacers group, and even Air Force coworkers.  It’s funny how you run into the same people race after race after race.  But that’s okay, I enjoy seeing my friends! Since I had a little bit of time, I used the restroom (a must!) and did a couple of warm up laps around the parking lot.  Well the race was about to start, so we all got to the starting line.  And the race started and off we went.  For some strange reason, my Pebble SmartWatch was not syncing with my RunKeeper when I started so I said whatever and put my phone in my waist pouch.  It was a pretty good course that was out in the country, similar to what I was running in the For the Love of Kratos 5K last weekend.  It had some hills but nothing major.  The course was simple: run to the halfway point and turn around.  When I turned around at the halfway point, I cheered my friends as they passed by.  While running, I noticed that a train was passing by.  I was hoping that didn’t effect the runners up front (the tracks had to be crossed to get back to the finish line).  From what I heard, it did.  While I was running, I thought I had a good comfortable pace.  I could tell that I was pushing myself.  I didn’t bother pulling my phone to check my pace; my focus was to cross the finish line.  I think it was at mile 5.25 when one my running friends caught up with me.  It was funny because that gave me an incentive to pick up the pace, which I did.  Well, before I knew it, the finish line was in sight.  One of my Air Force friends was there cheering me on and I decided to sprint for the finish line.  Yes, I am done! My first 10K race in my life is now complete.  One thing I like about this race was that it was chip timed, so we didn’t have to fill out our results when we were done.

Even though this was my first 10K race, I did a some goals for myself.  I could have set the goal of just completing it but I knew I could do that since I have been doing all of this long distance running for the past three months.  So I set the goal of competing the race in an hour or less and to beat my 11K pace of 9:30 per mile.  I looked at what my RunKeeper but I wanted to see what the unofficial results said. Soon the board was updated.  According to the sheet, these were my results:

Time: 53:23 with an average pace of 8:36!!!! YES, I BUSTED MY GOAL!!! I couldn’t believe it.  I shaved 54 seconds off my average pace from my virtual 11K run last November.  And again, I didn’t think I was going that fast! Just for kicks, I compared my average pace to my 5K races and my pace today was faster than 8 of the 10 5K races I have run so far.  I even did a 4 mile run before Christmas and my average pace for that was 9:10 per mile.  I am just blown away on my achievements and seeing how my training has been paying off.  And I am just getting started!!

Well today was a great day! Now that I have an official 10K race time on the books, I have a goal for my next 1oK race to set a new 10K PR.  My next 1oK will be the Chick-Fil-A 1oK in Dublin, GA on April 26, 2o14.

Well that’s it for now.  But I am not done today! Tonight at 6pm, I am meeting up with some friends and running 12 miles. This will be my longest distance and duration run to date.  Even though I ran a little over 6 miles this morning, I still want to get my training miles in for my half marathon.  Somebody was half joking that I should run 6 tonight.  I could but that’s CHEATING..IMO 😉 

Have a great Saturday and happy running! Thanks for reading!

Troy

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Marathon Training Day 34-36

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you had a great week.  My half marathon training for the past 3 days have been awesome.  On Wednesday,  my normal Run Fit Sports Group run was cancelled.  The group run may have been cancelled but training goes on! I did a 3 mile easy slow run.  This time, I took it easy on my pace since I did well the previous night.  I even ran into some of my friends who were walking on the trail.  Well, not literally..lol.

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Last night, some of us gathered at Southside Baptist (where me meet on Tuesday nights for classroom and group training) to run together.  We ran the same route the previous Thursday (Mill Pond).  It was a good workout.  We had four in our group and for safety reasons, (it was dark) we ran together.  We ran a total of 5 miles for an average pace of 11:01 per mile.  After the run, we were talking about lodging arrangements for the half marathon that our group is participating in (Run at the Mill 10K/Half Marathon, April 12, 2014).  Me and a fellow runner agreed to split a room; he was able to make the reservations today.  Some of us were even talking about participating in our first full marathon.  I haven’t decided which one will be my first marathon, but I know it will be sometime next year before I participate in one.  I want to give myself plenty of time to train!

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Since I am working this weekend and not able to attend group training tomorrow morning, my friend and I ran our 10 mile long slow distance run after we got off work today.  I haven’t ran 10 miles since December 28, 2013 and this was the 3rd time I have ran this distance.  My previous duration record was 10.17 miles so I wanted to run 10.25 so I could break my previous record.  My friend and I met at 4pm (we wanted to get our run in before sunset).  It was a great run.  Time seem to pass by because we were engaged in conversation.  We started at a slow pace (11:00 per mile) but when we hit 8 miles, we picked up the pace (10:03 per mile).  We stopped at 10.30 miles – our longest distance to date! Are overall pace was 10:51 per mile, which I am happy with considering it was a long slow distance run.  Tomorrow will be a rest day however I have an Air Force PT test this Sunday.  Originally, I wasn’t scheduled for it but I was told if I was ready I could do a walk in.  I could have put it off to next month, however I am ready to take the test and get it over with.  Plus, I didn’t want to postpone it to next month because I got permission to take off work to run in the Run of the Mill 10K/Half Marathon on April 12th and I didn’t want to take a PT test the next day.  That would be real smart! I will be in recovery mode after my 2nd half marathon in a week!

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On a final note, I finally registered for my first race of 2014.  One of goals for this year was to run at least one race per month however I have been so focused on my half marathon training that I haven’t ran a race this year yet.  So, I signed up for the Cherry Blossom 10K that will be held in Macon, GA on March 22, 2014.  I was considering running the 5K and try to bust my current PR (26:00) however I decided to run the 10K in honor of my fellow Run For God teammates that are currently training for their first 10K.  This is my first official 1oK race.  Last year, I registered to run in the National Veteran’s Day 11K Run in Atlanta however for some strange reason, the event was cancelled.  I ended up doing a “virtual” run instead.  I ran the 11K here at home and logged the results on the registration website.   Also, my half marathon training calls for running 12 miles on March 22nd so i figured to run part of it in a race! I could break it up however I still planning on running a full 12 miles in addition to the 1oK race.  Other activities I will be participating in for the month of March is the Macon Run or Dye on March 15th and the Macon Mud Run on March 29th.  This will be my second time participating in the Run or Dye.  Most of my co-workers will be participating in this event that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia.  We are looking forward to Dye! Last year, I wore a Roman emperor robe (that was a waste of money); this year I am wearing a tutu! The Macon Mud Run will be my first.  I am actually looking forward to getting dirty.  I also have some friends that may join the fun. At least I have some old running clothes and shoes to use!

Well that’s about it.  Hope you have a great weekend! Happy running!