Sorry this is posting a week late, last week was a lot busier than I expected. I'm back with a race day recap!
On the morning of the race, I woke early to pack up my things and get ready. We woke up with plenty of time to eat breakfast, make coffee, and take our time before driving to the stadium. I ate a granola bar and some coffee in the best travel mug ever.
We parked in the parking garage and made our way into the stadium shortly after the half began. We wanted to watch Erin's sister in law finish the 4 mile run, but we never saw her. We found out hours after our race was over that she didn't even run. Oops.
I cannot tell you how great it was to experience this race with Erin. I've only ever experienced races by myself, so this was a lot of fun. She was a great sport with all my picture taking, even though I'm sure she was annoyed by the end of the day. :)
After waiting for her SIL to come through for awhile, we checked our bags and walked to the staging area. It was very organized and had a pretty good flow.
We waiting a few minutes for the race to start. The National Anthem was sang by the Indianapolis Children's Choir, so that had special meaning for me. Not only because I am a teacher, but also because they rehearsed at Butler while I was there. I saw a few tears around me, so I'm glad I wasn't the only emotional one.
We counted down from ten and heard the cannons sound as the first runners crossed the starting line. I said goodbye to Erin and watched her dash ahead of me as the surrounding runners started moving forward.
Anyone who has experienced a large race can tell you just how electric the air is. This sport is just so special in that everyone is competitive, but with themselves more than each other. People smiled and cheered each other on through the whole race. You really feel like you are part of a community as you run with these hundreds of people you've never met before in your life. It's what keeps me coming back for more.
I had a little trouble with my Garmin and my pacing at the beginning. I wanted to make sure to start of slow, so I was watching my watch a lot in that first mile. Soon after we started, we went under a big tunnel, which threw my GPS off. For the first mile or so it told me I was running an 8 minute mile, so I slowed way down. Then it said I was going even faster, so I slowed down some more. Next time I looked, I was running at 16 minute mile, and it said I had run a half mile over what was marked on the road. I guess that was a good warm up, because after that I just forgot about the watch and went with how I felt. I ended up running a lot faster than I had trained, but I felt great the entire time.
The last few miles of the 10k were run with the half marathon runners, which was really cool. It gave me another burst of motivation and encouragement to see them joining us. As we finished the race, we entered the stadium to run around to finish at home plate. As you enter, they announce each runner's name. I took off my headphones because I wanted to make sure to hear my name with all the cheering as I finished. I didn't know there was a way to mispronounce my name, but I giggled as they pronounced Emily HEEdings. ha.
I finished strong, giving everything I had left...
We collected our medals, some post-race food, and went to grab our bags and our official time. We grabbed some pictures and parted ways. I had a blogger meet up, and Erin went home to shower. I'll share more about the meet up tomorrow.
What's your favorite race you've ever finished?
Have you ever run a 10K?
Please tell me your race photos are as horrible as mine? Please???