I mentioned in a previous post that I’m starting to train for a half marathon in April, and today I completed my first milestone in training. I finished my first 10K (6.2 mile) race– the Prom Classic in Nice! My goal was to finish in under 62 minutes, and I came in at 1:01:28, so I was pretty happy about that 🙂
I’ve been carbo-loading on bread and pasta for the last few nights, and after a short yoga session this morning, I fueled up with some toast and a banana, filled my water bottle, put on my running shoes, and made my way into the city. It was funny to see all the runners get on the tram into the city, knowing we were all going to the same place.
The course was a loop along the Mediterranean Sea, from the beginning of the Promenade des Anglais to the Nice airport and back. It was a beautiful morning– about 56F and sunny. I’d never run more than 5 miles before today, so I was crossing my fingers that I’d get through that extra 1.2 miles. The race started in 5 waves, depending on your goal time. When I was about a mile into the race, the first runners were already coming back down the Promenade! The first place finisher this year finished in 28:50! I reached the 8K (about 5 miles) mark pretty painlessly, but the last 2K were a little difficult. I guess I have a lot of work to do before April!
Overall the race was great! The course, the time, the weather. My only complaint was post-race organization. The finish-line area was too small to hold all the runners, so it took forever to get to the water table. Plus, there were no bagels or fruit left by the time I’d finished! Oh, well. My post-race indulgence was waiting for me in my freezer at home: Ben and Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew ice cream 🙂 🙂 🙂
Our French word for today:
courir (coo-REER)- to run (because why not?!)
J’ai couru 10 kilometres aujourd’hui et mes jambes me font mal!
I ran 10 kilometers today and my legs hurt!