As I promised on my Instagram account, today I’m bringing my Down2Earth 10K race Recap of yesterday.
For those of you who are not familiar with Down2Earth events, they organize obstacle races and trail runs here in Miami. Yesterday we ran on a trail course with small portions of pavements (I run in trails pretty often so I though it would be a fun race to do). The course was a loop of 3.22 miles, so I needed to run it twice for the 10K and my Dad needed to run it four times in order to complete the half marathon.
But first, lets talk about my non-existent prep for this race. The last few weeks were full of stress for me with the end of the school semester. On top of that, I had a very bad cold that did not get better for the day of the race. So, my expectations went down to just make it to the finish line in one hour and twenty minutes.
Having no expectations was actually pretty good, because it took away all the anxiety I normally feel the night before. I went to bed at 11:00 pm and woke up at 05:00 am feeling so fresh and rested. I had a cup of coffee and a Clift Bar two hours before the race.
Time went so fast after that. Suddenly, I was on the starting line and my Dad gave a me hug and wished me good luck. As the race started, I knew from the beginning that it was going to be TOUGH.
Mile one was the fastest and the hardest one. I ran it at my regular race pace. I remember feeling a headache, and difficulties to breath as I normally would. My body yelling at me “hey! I’m still sick and you’re making me run this stupid 10K”.
At that point, I knew I needed to run considerably slow if I wanted to make it to the finish line feeling like I was going to die. So by mile 2, I managed to lower down my pace. By mile 3 I was still feeling pain in my neck and chest, so I had to slow down even more. I remember there was a killing hill to get to that water station.
Something magical happened at mile 4. All my pains went away and I started feeling great. I remember thinking “wow, my body is finally surrendering to the endorphins”. But the magic didn’t last too long, as I started feeling bad to my stomach in mile 5. By mile 6, I didn’t know if I was hitting the wall or if the wall was hitting me. I was struggling with my whole body to get to the finish line.
Dad passed me at some point and he told me “You’re almost there! And you have a good pace”. That really cheered me up to beat the wall.
When I crossed the finish line, I was hyperventilating more than usual but I was happy I did it. Even with the fact that I was not at my 100% and that the trail reduced considerably my pace. My time was 1:18 minutes. Twenty minutes later, Dad crossed the finished line being the second one from the half-marathoners. He got a medal and I got a big hug!
Takeaways from this race:
- The mind is such a powerful tool. It makes you do incredible things even with stuff you can’t control.
- Running might be good for colds. I’m not sick anymore.
- I’m not sure how I feel about Clift Bars before races. I need to give that a second try.
- I met an old lady who finished the 10K with her son. She’s so sweet and awesome and I want to be like her at that age. BTW She’s turning 80 today. Happy Birthday!
- Running is such a rewarding sport and I think I love it every day more.
I’m definitely looking forward to next one!