Marci and I ran to First Dam 10k together in Logan today. It was her first ever 10k and she did it on very minimal training. She won't write her own race report, so I'll write it for her. Here it goes:
Today was my first 10k ever. Jon and I dropped the kids by a friend's house and went out to the race. We drove the Merlin Olsen and registered for the race. We had 40 minutes to go and I was so bored. Jon wanted to warm up with Cody but instead stayed with me- what a sweetie. We ran a small warm up and stretched. My only goal was to finish, but Jon was hoping I could break 1 hour.
The race started. We went pretty fast right from the start, especially supposing I have only run maybe 6 times in the past 6 weeks. The first mile was 8:58 and I was already breathing pretty hard. The next mile was about 9:30 and had the only big uphill of the race- I worked pretty hard up it and couldn't drink the water Jon was carrying for me until I could catch my breath- did I mention what a nice guy he is for carrying my water? But he kept making me run the tangets for the curves- what a silly guy. The next mile had some downhill and we did about 8:39. I felt pretty good at this point so we picked up the pace and caught some people. Mile 4 was 8:24 and I was really hurting and working hard- glad to only have 2 miles left. Cody and Paul joined us at this point. Mile 5 was 8:30 and I was exhausted. In the last mile, Jon kept pointing out some people ahead and making me go catch them- I probably caught 6 people or so that mile. Mile 6 was 8:22- my fastest mile in a very long time! The guys kept making me run faster and faster, reaching 7:00 pace. I thought I was going to die but somehow found the energy to keep moving. A car almost ran over Jon, but Cody repeatedly beat on the hood and yelled at them. I even had a great kick to the finish and caught more people. The last .2 was 1:27 with a total chip time of 53:51 (8:41 avg).
I crushed the goal Jon had set for me. After the race I noticed my heel was all bloody from being rubbed raw on my shoe. It had hurt the whole race but I am so tough I never mentioned anything to Jon and didn't let it slow me down. My 5k PR of 26:00 was set earlier this year and is only 18 sec/mile faster than my 10k!
Ok, this is Jon again. I am so proud of Marci- she really pushed herself and ran amazing. She told me after that she didn't enjoy the race during the race- that is a good thing, cause it means she was working hard. But she felt great afterwards and very proud of her effort. With some real training she could do even more awesomely! I bet she could break 47:00 or even 45:00! Good job, babe, you did great for your first ever 10k!
Cheered for Joe, Cody, and Lisa with their prizes. Also met Dave S and his son Melosh (Bryson) from the blog- Bryson got 2nd in his age group. Nice job to all.