Here we are right after we'd picked up our packets for the Plaza 10K Run last Saturday. Joan and I had never done that distance (6.2miles) in an event before, so we were pretty excited (and nervous) about it!! L-R: Joan, Mary, and me.
After packet pickup, we enjoyed a wonderful salad at The Mixx. . .a great restaurant very near the location of the run which was to be on The Plaza in Kansas City.
NEXT. . .
we drove the course of the run!!
That really spooked me, too, as it seemed like it would never end!! However, it was a good thing to get an idea of where we would be going the next morning!!
Here we are, bright eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning!!
Don't ya LOVE our PINK hats? The say "RUN" on them.
I hate myself in hats and you can tell why just by looking at how goofy I look in mine! Joan and Mary look cute in theirs.
Anyway, Mary's husband was our driver that morning (three cheers for that man!!). He found us an awesome parking spot just up the street from the "Start" of the run. . .and there was even a porta potty right inside the entry of the garage! We had it made!!
The weather folks had predicted a huge chance of rain for the morning of our run most of the week, but come Sunday morning. . .NO RAIN!!! Plus, we got to witness another gorgeous sunrise!!
Here we are just about to take our spot in the crowd !! I think one of the things were we talking about was how it might not have been such a great idea to eat those huge salads for lunch the day before! :) Another "running lesson" learned.
Here is how you know where to line up. . .you jump in an area where you think you "fit" with a particular pace time. . .or average speed in minutes in which you will run a mile.
The super duper speed of light runners who will average this run in 6 min. per mile jumped in line there, followed by the 7 min. folks, then the 8 min. folks. . .you get the picture.
We just kept on walking and walking and walking til we found our pace. . .12 min. a mile. When we run shorter distances (ie the 5K which is 3.1 miles) our pace is faster , but doubling the distance means (for us) our pace is slower so we can last 6.2 miles.
We're pretty much mixing with the folks who were gonna "walk" this run, but we didn't care cuz we were running a longer distance than ever before!!
Just had to show you a "barefoot" runner!! I hadn't actually seen anyone run that way in the three years I've been participating in these events, but I've read about them!!
The shoes he has hanging off his belt are what I have seen several folks use before. There is no way on earth my feet would do well in those things. . . I need cushion and lots of it!! However, the "minimalist" runners swear that running barefoot or with those toe shoes actually makes your feet stronger. I'm taking my chances with my clunky, cushioned shoes!
And we're off!!!
We started running and I put my camera in my pocket and totally forgot to snap any photos until. . .
we hit the water station around Mile 4. You can see that we drink and toss!! No time to try to hit the trash can!
Actually, there are some amazing volunteers who pick up those cups when the race is done!
Joan and I run at the same pace, so we were able to run together this time! It makes a run so much more fun to have someone beside you to encourage you when you're getting tired!!
We used intervals of 3 min. running and 1 min. walking during the entire run except for one walking break right before mile 5 and another right before mile 6 where we added 30 sec.. Those 30 sec. made a huge difference in our recovery time!
Our shadows as we were nearing. . .
MILE 5!!! Only 1.2 miles until we reach the finish line!!
So.....we were running along when I saw this building on the left!! I'd pointed it out to Joan and Mary the day before as we were driving the course. It's where I worked from the time I was 19 until I was 22!! It's where I met my husband, too!! Ahhhhhh.
Yep, it turned out to be a great job! We were both taking a college break when we met. A year later we were wed and then a bit later we decided we needed to finish our degrees. . .and we left that job and returned to school!!
And NEVER in a million years would I have dreamed that I would be running a 10K at the age of 66 right in front of that place!!
Oh. . .and see the little two story building on the left? My first apartment!!! Yup! I shared it with my buddy that I'd met in college. It had a kitchen, a living room/bedroom combo (we slept on a murphy bed!!) and a bath! And no air conditioning. And we roasted that summer. And we didn't care cuz we were having a blast working and living "on The Plaza". Well, we weren't exactly ON The Plaza, but we were very near!!!
We were about to turn and go down towards the Finish Line when I got this photo. Sorry it's so blurry, but I was pretty blurry by that time, too! :) Actually, there were a lot of great signs that morning. . .that makes the runs so much fun, too!
And there were LOTS of great police officers at the various intesections keeping the streets safe for us. . . and several of them were very encouraging to us as we ran or walked by them!
And here's the finish!!!
It was SUCH an awesome moment to actually be here!!
Just before we crossed the finish line Joan spotted Mary's husband on the sideline!! I didn't think this picture would turn out because I took it as I was running by. . .but it did!
The event took lots of photos of us. . .and we could download them for FREE!!! Lots of times you have to pay a fortune for a picture at the finish line. And almost always, I take horrible pictures at this point. However, I think Joan and I were both delirous with joy that we'd just completed that goal. . .and we were happy with our time!
Our official time was : 1 hour and 13:47 sec. and our pace was 11:54/mile!!!
Each runner wears a chip attached to a shoe and that is what records your start/stop times. Here another great volunteer is clipping off our chips!!
I grabbed the first person I could find to take this photo. We were still a bit goofy. . .and so very happy at our accomplishment!
Here's Mary!!!!!! She was looking mighty happy, too!
We posed for our "group after the run" picture and hung around the event for a bit. However, we were starving by then, so. . we went out to breakfast!!
The place where we ate is located in the Kansas City Farmers Market area. It was delicious. Afterwards, we walked down to the market and did a little shopping!! I bought some yellow tomatoes and kale!
They also have a garage sale area there, too, so I was totally happy that morning!! To be able to run a 10K, eat a huge breakfast and shop for "treasures" all before noon. . .well, it was pretty neat!!
THE STONE RABBIT can not believe how HUGE that finisher's medal is!! It is definitely the largest one in my collection!! :) He also loves my PINK hat and so do I. Even though I hate how I look in it, I will always think of the great time I had wearing it to run my first 10K with two great running friends!!
Please visit Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, for a long list of other bloggers who have great shares for you this weekend!!
HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!!