The actual race was held 20-21 September. Since my goal this year was to only race 5ks, I opted for the sensible 10k run and had been carefully training for weeks with the goal of running concurrently with the actual race in the USA.
Unfortunately, we moved right before the race, and I bashed my bad knee hard enough with a heavy piece of furniture that I had to stop running entirely for over a week. It was a month before I could start building my mileage back up, and by then I'd lost all the extra ground I'd gained. So in October, I gritted my teeth and got back to work, slowly adding distance each week with the goal of running that damn 10k before the end of the year.
I finally felt confident enough to schedule it for this morning, and last night I cracked open the virtual run pack - in addition to the finisher's medal, there were a lot of goodies:
I started my usual pre-race ritual of prepping my race bib with pins...and then realized I would be running alone and would look pretty dorky trotting down the road with a race bib. Heh.
But I still slapped on some race nails, of course:
Where did these wrinkly old lady hands come from?! Seriously, when did that happen?
The morning was clear and breezy, and after my last race, I was relieved that it was relatively cool for summer. For once I didn't take any photos of the course I selected, which was actually quite pretty - the second half wound along the scenic Lake Tuggeranong, which made for a nice change from my usual suburb routes.
I slightly misjudged distances and crossed the designated finish line at about 9k, so I had to circle the park for another 1k, but I got there in the end!
And for you Blerchers: yes, there was Nutella (but sadly no birthday cake)!
I'm happy to report that I finished nearly two minutes under my goal time of 1:15:00! If I'd run the actual race, that would have been slightly better than average (about 1:20:00), so I was pretty happy with that result, considering it was my first 10k and I'm a pretty slow runner!
I also want to give a big thank you to my awesome support crew who waited at the finish line with my medal, water, and the all-important Nutella:
I beat the Blerch!