Woohoo, I completed my first race since June!!!
I heart finisher’s medals.
On Sunday morning, I woke up at six and had my usual pre-race, well really every day, breakfast of banana and oats. Yum!
Feeling excited pre-race. It’s actually gotten cooler earlier than usual this year, averaging in the low twenties (that’s the low seventies for those who go by Fahrenheit) , hence the coat. Now I know that it may not sound pretty warm for many of you but hey, it’s all relative right? Sorry, I digress.
My awesome dad woke up early to drive me to the race site so I could leave a bit later and catch more z’s. Thanks dad! I cut the time very close and arrived just as the buzzer went off for the 10k group. Booyah, just in time!
The first half or so was all uphill. As you may or may not know, I don’t do any sort of hill training so this was quite the challenge. I still ran, albeit at a snail pace, for all the road portions of the race so I managed to go from the back of the pack (since I started a bit late) to the middle as many people were walking those parts. Not that I blame them, my glutes and legs started burning way to soon and I kept questioning my sanity for getting out of my warm comfy bed way to early to put myself through this torture.
Since this was a trail run, we had to go up steps for quite a bit of the race. When we got to those parts, I walked up them because I knew there was no way I’d be able to run up them. Just a big fat reminder that I need to do more training. So this race was more of a run-hike-run race for me. Whatever, at least the downhill part was fun.
A pic taken at the top of the course. Now I don’t usually take pics during the race, but there was nothing else to do while we were getting in line for water and bananas, so why not?
Though my time was horrible, most likely due to all the walking hiking I did, I’m really proud of myself for finishing, especially since I haven’t done a race in a really long time. The euphoria you get when crossing the finish line really makes all the training and suffering powering up those seemingly never ending hills worth it, doesn’t it? Next up is the Taipei543 Neon Run 5k with my lil sis in November and my second half in December. I can’t wait!!!