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exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic

Humbling Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k

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I signed up for the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k. My first 10k race. No training, no plan, I decided to go for it anyways and see what I could accomplish. I mean I’ve run 6 miles before so no problem right ? Not so much. It was a rough run but a humbling experience. A reminder that if I want to start doing races (and train for the marathon) I need to put together a plan of action for injury recovery & a strategy for running. {foreshadow 2012 goals}

Why it was good: 
1. I didn’t puke or cry (see below). There came a point when I wanted to do both – for a good portion. I’ve never actually wanted to cry directly from a run before. I probably would have stopped but knowing there was a good number of people (I have yet to meet) who were out running for the same reason made me keep going. (#whyIlovebloggers)

2. Beautiful views. It was sunny & gorgeous out. I ran along the ocean, I ran along the harbor (?), throughout neighborhoods & along the exercise path. And it was surprising how quiet among the first 3. 

3. A new path. Palm Beach isn’t exactly home for me, so instead of returning to an old route, the 6.2 miles was an exploratory run. It may have led to some circling around because I wasn’t quite sure how far I was going (thank god for RunKeeper) but with my no-sense of direction it was pretty cool that I got familiar with twists & turns. 

4. New compression capris. $11 from Old Navy. They’re awesome. No chafing.

5. I didn’t just pack workout gear – I used it! Signing up for the race kept me committed. I’m still a roller-coaster-exerciser…sometimes I’m all in & sometimes I’m all excuses. I did get myself out for a quick 2 miles Christmas morning but part of that motivation was knowing I had 6 miles to run the next day. Part of it was to sweat out sugar.  

6. I knocked off 10k from my List. And set myself up for a new PR at whatever 10k comes next.

7. I pushed myself. (see #1 above, #1-7 below) The race held me accountable. Instead of getting frustrated or disappointed, my mantras shifted a little for this run. Actually I didn’t repeat mantras over (usually  Dori’s “just keep on swimming running” would have worked) but keep an open mind of how it was going to go.

Why it wasn’t:
1. It was hot. We’ve lucked out with some perfect running weather in NYC this fall, so the high 70s/feels like 80s in Palm Beach threw me right back to summer.
 
2. There were no water fountains. I brought my bobble bottle with me (smart point) but finished it off before I was even half way done. I think this was the major drawback of my run – I’m use to a few water fountains sprinkled along the East River or throughout Central Park – at the very least a promise of a Vitamin Water 0 from a Duane Reade at the end. There was none of that, it wasn’t until I hit mile 5 and was circling back around did I discover one. Mixed with heat & sugar overload, water was very much-needed.

3. Blood sugars were still wacky. My blood sugar started out at 168, not awful but a little high for a first thing run. I should have done my long acting insulin before I left (stupid point) but regardless, it shot up during the run … probably adding to the dehydration & nausea. 

4.  My groin injury. I pulled my groin during my trip to San Francisco. Seriously, I walked a lot. I never really did much to repair it and often forget about it … except for when I run, than I’m remind it’s a legitimate injury and needs attention. 

5. My knee/IT band. Same old, same old. But another scream for going to yoga  & working on hip strengthening. 

6. I walked. Goal 1 : under 60 min. (ha! just because I’ve been bringing my 2 mile runs back under 10 minutes doesn’t mean I can hold that for 6 miles). Goal 2: keep under an 11 min mile.  Goal 3: don’t walk (this was given up for a new goal: don’t puke). 

7. Blisters. Not sure what the deal was but I don’t think I’ve ever gained so many in one run. Good thing I’m looking into getting new sneakers – maybe time to consider a new style?

So enough with the whining – was it worth it? You bet! I’m excited to make this an annual thing. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll even pull out some holiday cheer. {When my mom offered a lone jingle bell for decoration I replied in grinch style that I was not running 6 miles by myself with a bell on.} I’m even more excited to pick my next 10k and set a PR. Thank you girls for putting this together! 

Splits

mi Pace (min/mi) Elevation (ft)
1 10:36 29
2 11:16 -26
3 11:42 8
4 14:55 -2
5 12:16 -17
6 12:06 4
7 9:32 5
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