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Monday, April 30, 2018

River City Ten Miler

Remember a few weeks ago when I ran the Papa John's Ten Miler and I said that I had two races one weekend at the end of the month? Well it was this past weekend and I do believe I was completely crazy! 

Saturday I ran the River City Ten Miler here in Evansville. It was designed to be a training run for the Peace, Love and Harmony Half coming up in May and I originally wasn't planning on doing the race. But when I saw the cool medal I decided to go for it. 

It was a chilly morning and while I knew I would warm up once we started, I was freezing! I went into both races this weekend with little to no expectations. I'm somewhat undertrained and the last longish run I did started out beautifully then completely fell apart the last half. So basically my goals were to finish and not die. I told Alan to expect me to finish between 2:15 and 2:30.

Mile 1: 12:55
Mile 2: 12:32
Mile 3: 13:09

I;m not where I was before Cameron so I was just going to go out there and see what I could do. As usual, pretty much everyone passed me in the first mile or so but once people start tiring and walking I would pass them because slow and steady finishes the race as I like to say. 

Mile 4: 12:49
Mile 5: 12:49
Mile 6: 12:49

Even splits! This almost never happens. It's relatively flat along the Greenway but I was running the flats and downhills and run/walking the inclines and not going out too fast like I normally do paid off. I was playing leapfrog with several groups of women but I finally lost them between miles 4-5. Somewhere around mile 6 I had to pee but I was determined not to stop because I was doing so much better than I anticipated. 

Mile 7: 12:54
Mile 8: 12:51
Mile 9: 13:08

I started counting down the miles until I could pee and telling myself each step was closer to the bathroom. The course was two out and backs and up on the levee it was super windy. At one point it felt like I was running in sand but I wasn't going any slower. 

Mile 10: 12:34

Once I hit mile 9 I was so happy. Until I saw that instead of crossing back into the park and running the shortest distance to the finish we had to run around the whole thing. I just wanted to be done. I had texted Alan around mile 6 to let him know where I was and was hoping he was there with the kids. Then from across the pond I heard Cecily. I looked over and saw them all in the grass and started crying. I wanted to walk so bad and those kids are what got me to the finish. They are a big part of the reason I run, to show them you can do anything you can put your mind to, that I'm not my mother, that any BODY can run. 

I waved as I ran past and finished in 2:08:46. Four minutes off my time from The River Run in 2016.

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