I wasn't optimistic heading into the race Saturday morning. Especially since lately it's been kind of hit or miss with how I feel while running. Sometimes it's great and other times I have to throw in the towel after only a short time.
Pre-race waiting for the start
Well, I surprised myself and did better than anticipated. At mile marker 1 I was feeling good and had run a 8:41 mile, not super fast but faster than I've been starting my runs lately. Mile marker 2 was part way up the hill on the bridge and I still had a decent time. Mile 3 was over the crest of the hill and at the 5K split I was at 27:56, not too bad considering that beast of a hill thrown in there. Then mile 4 hit and the pain started. Both of my hips were killing me. The pain didn't get bad until I hit the straightaway after coming off the bridge. I started limping noticeably while running, but I was determined to keep going. When I hit the 5 mile mark I thought "I'm far enough ahead that I could possibly walk the last mile and still come in under an hour.". But I pushed through praying I would see the 6 mile mark soon. Once we ran past Marion Square on King Street I knew the end was getting close. I made those last two left turns and could see the finish line. I kicked as hard as I could, but I didn't have all that much left in me.
I stopped my watch when I crossed the finish line and I had myself at a 53:53. I knew that would be lightly off because I messed up starting it at the beginning. Later that night the official results were out.
Chip Time: 54:01
Clock Time: 1:03:16 (I was in corral C of the wave start)
Overall Place: 4,391 out of 31,447
Women's Rank: 1,226 out of 18,486
Pace: 8:42 mins/km
I was pretty pleased with that. Last year I ran a 53:09, but I also trained and wasn't 19+ weeks pregnant.
I paid for it later that night, though. I was hobbling around the house like a geriatric because of my hips. I broke out the heating pad and alternated sides hoping for the best. I was pleasantly surprised yesterday morning when I was able to get out of bed without dying. Today they don't hurt at all so I guess I didn't do any permanent damage. This will definitely be my last pregnant 10K, though. I might throw a 5K in there, but I'm thinking the treadmill is easier on me than the hard pavement - and especially that damn hill!