Well, I have another 10K under my belt! 🙂 Today I ran the Dunkin’ Run 10K in Albany!
Admittedly, I was a little nervous about running a race today, as I’ve been traveling…but I felt really great when I woke up this morning. I started my day with my standard pre-race breakfast! Bagel thin + maple pb + banana. I actually wasn’t feeling the banana this morning so I took some of it off. I think it was a bit too ripe.
I also had a cup of green tea, which I think really helps. Maybe its the caffeine? I also made sure to drink lots of water yesterday, so I would be sufficiently hydrated for the race this morning.
I was running this race alone, for the first time! Chris didn’t get to register, so he came along to support me. I’m so glad he did! I actually ended up getting there with about 15 minutes to spare, since parking was a bit hectic. If it wasn’t for him I probably would have freaked out and drove home! So thank you Chris. 🙂
I checked in and got my bib number and soon the race was starting! There was a 5K as well as the 10K. I signed up for the 10K since I had a five mile run on my training plan this weekend, so I figured I might as well make it a race, since its more fun that way!
I did not take many pictures since I left my camera in my car because I was in such a hurry, but the race went really well. I started out really fast (surprisingly) and I knew I had to stay sub 10:00/mile pace in order for me to beat my previous 10K time of 59:33.
The course was FLAT, thank goodness, so I knew I had a good chance to PR.
And guess what? I did it!!!!
I ran the race at an average of 9:13/mile pace. I’ve never ran that fast for that long of a distance, ever. I was so surprised and impressed with myself. And I felt amazing the whole time.
Some days I love running and some days I hate it. Today I loved it.
I felt pretty beat at the end, but it was still great. The race was organized pretty well, which impressed me. They had arrows pointing the 10K runners in the right direction, since the 5K runners were finishing when we were supposed to keep going. The signs were helpful!
I rehydrated with my favorite drink.
After the race I dropped Chris off, and then went to Cafe 217 to meet some of my friends from college for brunch! Cafe 217 is my favorite, and I was starving!
Of course I refueled with pancakes. I ordered raspberry chocolate chip pancakes with a side of fruit (instead of homefries). They were delicious!!!
I was exhausted, but it was great to catch up with my favorite girls! 🙂 I wish I could have spent more time with them!
Well, I’m off to relax for the rest of the day. Back to work for me tomorrow!!! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Question for everyone: what’s your favorite way to refuel after a hard run or workout? Mine is pancakes, of course!