I found out about the Winslow Residential Hall 5K/10K last week and wasn't sure if I was going to be able to fit it in with our busy family's schedule. About an hour before the race things worked out that I could go (thanks Uncle Jason for babysitting!). As Larissa, my mom, and I signed up, I decided to just do the 5K with them. We warmed up a little and I kept seeing the people who were doing the 10K and I felt a little envious. I kept going back and forth if I should just do it or not. I wasn't worried about the distance (although let's be honest, I haven't been logging many miles while doing P90X2), but I was more worried about getting home to my family sooner. As they announced for the 10Kers to line up I couldn't take it anymore and switched my entry to the 10K. Off we went!
What can I say, it was a dreadful "out" and a wonderful "back" course. It was uphill, into a strong headwind, and with the sun blaring right into our eyes on the way out. I just ran slow and steady and noticed that I only saw guys ahead of me. At about mile 2 I had the thought that maybe I was actually the first female! This never happens for me, usually because I'm running with Larissa and she's always going to be ahead of me. When I got to the turnaround point (at 3.7 miles!) I could check out everyone ahead and behind me. Sure enough I was the first female. There was one lady pretty close behind me so as soon as I turned around and had the wind at my back, with 3 miles of downhill ahead of me, I was able to pick up the pace. I was determined not to let her pass me. I kept a pretty consistent pace throughout, although I could feel my energy getting low. I definitely didn't fuel properly for a 10K race that day.
I kept sneaking glances and noticed that the lady behind me wasn't getting any closer, if anything I was getting farther ahead of her. I kicked it in and heard them announce, "Here comes the female 10K winner!" and everyone was clapping. It may have been a small, low-key race but you know what? It was a great confidence booster for me.