Long time no blog. Life has been chugging along and shows no signs of slowing down. Since I last checked in I spent a lovely weekend in PA with my parents for Mother’s Day, sat in many traffic jams, renewed my love for yoga, and worked a lot.
This morning my plus one and I woke up at the crack of dawn to participate in the Capitol Hill Classic 10k, a local race supporting the DC Capitol Hill Cluster School. This was my guy’s first race EVER so I was very excited to be able to share this with him.
We arrived early to pick up our bibs and ended up having time to spare. So we went in search of caffeine. Turns out that no coffee shops in the District are open prior to 8AM save for one lone Starbucks in the center of Union Station. I was happy to take a little walk since I just ordered a Fitbit and was eager to test it out!
I wore it all through the race (clipped to my sports bra) and I must say that I am a big fan! I love all of the data it provides.
Anyways, back to the race. We lined up around 8:15 for an anticipated 8:30 start. At 8:45 I ran over to the finish line food table for a banana because I was officially starving and tired of waiting. We finally took off a few minutes before 9 but I must say it is really frustrating when races do not start on time. There is just too much waiting around!
We lost one another within the first mile, as he is much taller and therefore faster than I. So I turned up my music and decided to keep a comfortable pace. I didn’t wear my Polar or Garmin as I wanted to see what pace I naturally run without trying to pace myself with a watch. (Does that make any sense?!)
The first three miles were flat with a net downhill. Around the fourth mile we climbed a hill for a while which pushed me into the uncomfortable zone. I tried to continue running while bringing my heart rate down at the same time but it was just not happening so I took a brief walking break.
Around this time a nice little mist starting falling which helped cool me down and push me to keep running, as I am not keen on soaking my iPhone in a downpour.
The end came soon enough and I sprinted to the end finishing in 1:02 or a 10:05 pace. My guy finished just ahead of me in 1:01 or a 9:57 pace. Not bad for two people who seriously contemplated sleeping in.
The post race logistics were not great. There was a lot of chaos around the finish line as no one was directing runners to leave the area. Also, there was no TP in the port-potties which is a major oversight. That said, I am SO glad we did the race together and I am so grateful to have a new running buddy!
Question: What is your favorite distance to race?