I had been checking the weather throughout the week and I was worried that it was going to snow. We were actually supposed to get snow Thursday night into Friday morning, but when we woke up nothing had happened. Friday it rained most of the day and on Saturday morning there wasn't much snow on the ground! Perfect for a race.
Unfortunately, the race was in a different town and as we got closer we started to experience white-out conditions. As cars pulled off the exit that we had to take to the race, I knew that they were all runners! Who else would be out in those conditions?
I was a little concerned about the weather and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to accomplish my goal of officially breaking an hour in the 10K. Luckily, right before the race started the snow diminished and the roads were pretty clear!
Right at 10:00am we took off and I tried to pace myself. My first two miles were 9:08 and 8:44! I really don't know where that came from but I'm glad that I pulled that time off.
Still doing pretty good
The course was an out and back and as we neared the turn around the road conditions worsened. The road was covered in snow and it was hard to keep up a fast pace. Mike and I saw each other and, of course, cheered each other on and waved.
Mike "hearts" sweat too!
I was a little bit disappointed that there wasn't any water at the turn around! I had been expecting it and in the end I really needed it, I think I was a little bit dehydrated at the end of the race. This was the first race in the series, except the 5K, where they didn't provide any water.
When I turned around I just kept telling myself to get back to the clearer roads and I would be golden. I knew that if I could speed up the last two miles that I would get a PR.
The weather had other plans. The wind was horrendous! I had to push really hard to even feel like I was moving! I kept looking at my watch and I was so frustrated when one time it was above 11:00 minute per mile pace! I did lower it, but I wasn't so confident about breaking an hour anymore.
After 5 miles, I knew that it was going to be close. As I neared the end of the race, I saw Mike on the sidelines and he cheered me on because he knew that I had to push to break an hour.
So ready to be done!
As I crossed the finish line the clock was still under an hour! My final time was 59:54 and I was really happy that I accomplished my goal. I know that if I had gone 1 second slower per mile (average pace) that I wouldn't have accomplished it!
Mike's final time was 51:28, he did amazing!
After the race we went in and got some water and food. We waited around because they were going to hand out the series age group and overall awards and I knew that I might win something.
Before they started the awards, I saw the paper with the results and I came in 2nd in my age group overall! Good thing I saw the paper because when the announcer called my name, he totally butchered our last name!
Want to know what I won? $15 or as Mike said, "cash money".
Now that I have accomplished my year goal of running a 10K under 1 hour, I have my sights set on a 55:xx 10K. I've got this!
Edited to add: I did this as my 10K for Livin the Fit Life's Grandma Lill's Happy 95th Half Marathon/10K Virtual Race! I did have pink on, my hat, but I had to take it off a mile or so in, I was too hot!
You still have time to enter the virtual race if you want!