My First 10k!

Big news in Kayla running-land this weekend…I completed my very first 10k race!!

My half marathon training schedule had my Saturday long run as a 6 miler, so I figured what better way to kick out 6 miles than to do it with a bunch of other people, right?!

I’m going to pause right here and say that one of the #1 reasons I love running is the excuse it gives me to eat unnecessary amounts of pasta. I don’t think I really needed to eat this big ol’ bowl of carbs for a 6 mile run, but I pretended like it was 110% necessary.

nom nom nom MORE PASTA PLEASE

I also guzzled as much water as humanly possibly because I realized I forgot to drink water all day long. Hydration fail.

My alarm went off at 6:10 the next morning and I was cursing myself for not being an early riser.I finally managed to pull myself out of bed and eat some peanut butter toast while getting ready to head out for the race.

Lucky for me, my friend Kelli would be running the 10k as well! :) Thank goodness-Kelli I LOVE YOU! We made our way over to the race where Kelli registered and we picked up our bibs. It was pretty darn chilly so rather than warming up, we sat in the heat of my car like good runners do. Duh. Oh-and I forced Kelli to take pictures of me posing. I appreciate you laughing at my “running pose”, random man.

Will this skirt help me run faster, Kelli?

we were probably contemplating just going back to bed at this point.

Mom, if you are reading this, please yell at me to stop buying workout clothes. Or feel free to just buy me some more skirts and/or tops (in every color) and ship them to me. Thanks. Love you.

Anyways, we made our way over to the race start. It was a beautiful morning for a run. :)

Blinded.

The race began and I made sure to start off slow. If I’ learned anything from the last two 5k’s I did, it’s that I need to stop getting carried away trying to keep up with all you crazy 7-minute-milers. I also learned that I should have named this blog jogkaylajog, but that is beside the point.

About a half of a mile into the race, there was a pretty steady incline. I was very proud of myself for pushing through the hill and not walking it! I need to get over this hatred for hills, considering my half marathon’s elevation map is looking pretty rough. The course was a loop and I was able to run back down the hill, so I felt like that made up for my snails-pace-hill-running. :) After the hill we had about a 2 mile loop around Symphony Lake, which was beautiful to run around! I finally made it back to where we started (we had to run the course twice, yuck) and was feeling pretty good. Halfway there! I conquered the hill once again (but with a lot more walking, oh well) and was excited to get the lake over with! At this point I was about to throw my pullover top into the bushes…smart move on the long sleeves, Kayla. 

I finally made it to the mile 5 mile-marker and was so excited to see it! I was at about 53 minutes and was going to finish in the time I wanted. Thank you Christina Aguilera for making the song Stronger. Can someone make me a playlist with this as every other song on it? Thanks.

I’m going to be honest, when I passed the mile 6 sign, I wanted to lay down in the grass and die. OK, maybe I’m being a little overdramatic, but those last .2 miles seemed to go on for days. I finally spotted the finish line and booked it to the end! I finished in 1:06:40. Averaged a 10:45 pace, which I am happy with!

Will you spray me down with a hose now? And give me that bagel.

Overall, I feel very happy with my time and how I felt running the race! This was only the 2nd time in my life that I have run 6 consecutive miles and I am proud of myself. I can’t wait for my next 10k so I can beat this time. :) Where did this competitive Kayla come from?!

I may not be the fastest runner, but I did it! 6 months ago, I could barely run a mile. If you would have told me I would be running a 10k in the future, I would’ve asked you how many drinks you had in you.

Bring on the next challenge! :)

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5 responses to “My First 10k!

  1. Way to go Kayla — keep it up!!!

  2. Hahahaa. Great story KayMay! You….are….AWESOME!!!!!!

  3. I’m still debating my 1st 5k….It’s in 2 weeks and I’m only on week 4 of my Couch to 5k training. You’re here talking about 10k and mini-marathons…can’t.fathom!

    But, wow…great job! I wonder where I’ll be 6 months from now? hmmm

    • I really hadn’t trained too much prior to my first 5k. Honestly I feel like the “race atmosphere” really helps you get excited to run and sign up for more runs to train for!

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