I’m really starting to get things crossed off my 40 X40 – I’m so proud of myself. I have always wanted to run the biggest 10k in the world, and luckily, that’s just over in Atlanta!
My running buddy told me that to get into this thing, you have to sign up in the lottery. Luckily, I was chosen! I was pumped! And a little nervous. Even though I have run a few half marathons, I have never run a 10k. In Atlanta. With all the hills. I was nervous. Plus the thing is in July, so definitely was expecting it to be brutally hot.
And it was.
I definitely woke up nervous – like five times that night. My running buddy had another friend in town who was super fit and fast as well, so I knew from the beginning that I would likely be running this thing alone. Which was fine – I honestly didn’t mind. It gave me time just soak it all in and enjoy it. They start you out in “seeds” – I was in F seed, and we started at 7:25. The two guys were nice enough to bump back their seed to stand with me while we were waiting for the thing to start, but that was about the last time I saw them!
My first mile, I was feeling pretty good. I got into a good jog since the start is usually pretty clogged. It was about 92% humidity, so I knew from the get-go that I wasn’t going to push myself hard at all. I got into a good groove, running at about an 11 minute mile – but it was so humid. I was drenched in sweat before I even got to the second mile. Around the 3rd mile, you get to encounter Cardiac Hill. I definitely had to slow myself down and walk a bit up this hill. The last half of the race seemed to breeze on by. I won’t lie – I pushed myself in some places and ended up getting nauseous and uncomfortable. I had to tell myself to back down and walk if necessary – that passing out or throwing up wasn’t going to be any fun for anybody.
What did keep me going and motivated? I had honestly never seen such crowd participation and people lining the streets to cheer you on. There’s a church that sprays holy water on you as you run past it – a Mellow Mushroom on the route was handing out free pizza and beer – tons of bystanders were passing out ice cubes, free beer, and freeze pops. I wish I would have been able to “enjoy” the run more – maybe walk a few miles, have a beer or two, and that is my only regret about the run. I obviously tend to take myself too seriously when it comes to my runs – and I’d really like to slow it down and enjoy them more. Who cares if I can’t run a sub 60 minute 10k or a sub 2 hour half? No one that’s who. (but of course, I do – because I have a problem. 🙂 ) Below are my actual results:
I placed pretty ok for my age group – but I am normally a middle of the pack runner, so it wasn’t surprising. Despite it being so hot and humid, I still had a really good time, and was proud of myself for finishing.
I said right after I finished that I wasn’t going to run the race again, but then found out next year is the 50th anniversary of the race, so you know – maybe I’ll train a little bit harder and see what happens!