The First 10k of the Season
I’d just like to start out by saying that this was not planned. At all. I did not know a week ago that I would be writing this post about my first ever official 10k race, but it was something that scared me so I had to do it. I’ve done lots of training runs but this was the first time I had ever actually raced a 10k distance, and boy, was it a learning experience.
My first learning for the day was to always pack your racing bag the night before. Not in the early morning when your still getting over the fact that you woke up before 10am on a sunday morning. My racing bag consisted of my classic apres run outfit: my brand new post surf pants, made out of a stretch french terry that would let my legs relax and warm up after cooling down after the run, a vitasea t-shirt that feels soft against your skin, a pair of warm dry socks, game on boxers, and of course the one thing that I always look forward too after a long run, my domain hoodie. All of these things would be dry and warm to congratulate me at the finish line.
The race was held in Lavington BC, about an hour away from Kelowna. Even though it was still fairly close, we had no idea what to expect when we got there. I packed a few extra layers, which is always a good idea. I had a water and wind resistant jacket that could also be zipped into a vest if need be, a running toque and gloves just in case. I was prepared! Thankfully when we got there I was able to just run in my surge pants, a metal vent tech and the surge 1/2 zip, no need to bring out the burka.
I drove down with my mom, Danita and Meggi and on the car ride down we were all buzzing with excitement for the race season to finally start. Since I had never actually raced a 10k before I had no idea where I would be going, my only goal was to finish and not start off with a bang and end in a fizzle.
With races in the past, I had never done anything in the way of warming up. I would be standing around anxiously awaiting the start, creating stories in my head about hard the run would be, getting worked up. Another learning….thats not a good idea. Keep yourself busy! Warm up, so that you prevent injuries, by doing a nice warm up jog around the block. Not only does it help prevent injuries but it will also warm your body up so you actually know what you should be wearing. If your over heating already, chances are you’ll need to take off a layer or two before you start the race. As fun as it is to go back on the race course and find out where you decided to start stripping down, this way to can finish your race with ease of mind.
Find out what your inspiration is and how it can keep on pushing you to that next km. I found out 2km in that I need to be notified how long I’ve been running, what my pace is, what my time is, along with an amazing playlist. Probably should have figured that out before I started running. But it was easily fixed! I may have looked like I had a few drinks before I started running, but with some quick fingers on my iphone I started on nike + and it kept me going. It was able to show me if I had been slowing down so that I was able to keep my run consistent and push it when need be so that I didn’t end my race in a fizzle, but a bang! This way I was able to know how fast I was actually going instead of comparing my self to the other runners, which takes me to my next learning.
Leave your ego at the starting line. I had a big issue with that this race, I came into the race comparing myself to every single runner I saw. You can size up every single person, but the only person you should be worried about is yourself. You have no idea where that person came from, what their training looks like and their history in running. Thats the amazing thing about runners, they come in all different shapes, sizes, ages and you will always be surprised who can kick that dust into your face! I started the race out at a fairly decent pace, but I knew it wasn’t my regular pace. When I was passed by someone, it was an ego blow. But, after the first few kms, and finally figuring what was going to help me run, it turned into a celebration for everyone who passed me. I knew I had to focus on my self and stop comparing myself to the other runners. That’s when you start to say to yourself as they pass you “YOU GO #409!!! YOUR KILLING IT!” (That’s Danita, her gazelle legs made an appearance and it was amazing!). You have to let go and re focus on your goals, maybe its to beat someone in your age group, or maybe its to beat your personal best. But just remember it, and the mind can only hold one thought at a time, so make sure its a positive one.
The race ended up being an amazing morning, surrounded by some truly inspiring individuals. From all age ranges, people had come from around the Okanagan to achieve some goals and even some of them set some age group records. I finished my first 10k in 45minutes, and learned that it was a great place to start and now I know where I need to go. I’ve now set a new goal: I’ve run 10km in 40minutes by march 31st, 2012. We all had an amazing run, my mom came 3rd in her age group, Danita came 1st and Meggi came 2nd. Not too bad for the first race of the season! Which brings me to my last learning of the day, reward your self, because you deserve it! My reward was a peppermint mocha, a perfect drink to end off a truly inspiring day.