Get In Gear 10k

April 30th, 2011 | Ann

This morning was the Get In Gear 10k – which I learned, is the largest 10k in Minnesota and the 15th largest in the country. I woke up to rainy, cold weather and immediately wished it was a different day – warm and sunshiney, please!

Layering for the rain.

I made myself a delicious pre-race breakfast, and got ready to walk down to Minneahaha Park, the race site.

PB&J english muffin and fruit

When Jay and I got to the race site, it was absolutely chaotic. Believe it or not, the most stressful part of the entire race was waiting in line for the bathroom, while hearing the announcer call everyone to the starting line. It shot my anxiety up to 10 out of 10, thinking we might miss the start of the race. Luckily, the line moved quickly, but we couldn’t find the place to start the race!

Tens of thousands of people!

Everyone was chip timed, so the exact starting time didn’t so much matter, as being in the right place. The race itself was great. Despite the rain, I ran really well. My heart rate was in Zone 3 and 4 the entire time. My average moving pace was 12:15/mile – not bad! There was a water stop around Mile 3, and a huge hill following. But – I didn’t stop and walk, not once. Jay ran with me the entire time.

Here is the Garmin Connect race data (Check it out! So cool!)

I finished the race in 1:17, and burned 1128 calories. I am SO PROUD of my moving pace – 12:15, and I am really proud of not walking during the entire 10k.

I did it! I ran a 10k!

I was also fortunate enough to meet up with Jen and Jen after the race. Both of these girls have been SUCH HUGE INSPIRATIONS to me – losing weight, living a healthy, active lifestyle. And it was their 1st 10k, too! I just adore them both and am so thankful to know them!

With Jen and Jen!

Thanks to everybody who gave words of encouragement over Twitter, Facebook, or here on the blog. I appreciate your support SO MUCH!!!

Incase you were wondering, I DID pick up my road bike lastnight, and will be blogging about that in the next day or two. Meanwhile, I’m going to relax. Have a happy and healthy weekend!

9 Responses to “Get In Gear 10k”

  1. Mariah says:

    Congrats on the great job on your first 10K, way to rock it even in the rain and wind! TOTALLY AWESOME, you really are a true runner!


  2. Awesome!! Congrats! I had originally picked this race to be my first 10k as well… but chickened out after I found out I was pregnant and couldn’t keep my HR below 140 while running like my doc wanted. I wasn’t feeling too bad about it with the weather this morning… yuck! Wish you guys could have had nicer weather and wished I was there running with you.
    Again, great job on the accomplishment! AMAZING!

  3. Ashley says:

    Seriously?! You did amazing! I thought about you tons this morning when i was doing my long run. :) so so so proud of you!

  4. Kat says:

    Congratulations, lady! The weather this morning was just absolute shit, really – I’m SO proud of you for going out! :)

  5. Lynne says:

    Congrats on a very successful race!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Way to go Anne!!! Congrats on your first 10K! You’re so inspiring!

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  8. becky says:

    WAHOOOOOO!!!! You look fantastic! And I am so proud of you! That is an amazing pace and you should be so impressed with yourself, especially considering the weather! I was cheering you on clear from Utah and hope you felt the good runner vibes! :)

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