This past Saturday, I completed the inaugural Rock the Parkway 10k. My original intent had been to compete in the half marathon, but the last month ended up being a bit rough on the training, so I backed out of it. Best decision ever. The conditions ended up being horrendous: raining, windy, in the 40's...it even hailed right after the finish! I swore, if Matt and Brock were waiting at the 1.5 mile mark as originally planned (before the inclement weather) I was going to just hop in the car and leave with them. But I finished. The best part of it all? Because I still had the blue half marathon number as opposed to the green 10k tag, and I tend to speed up for the finish, I got a lot of cheers from other runners and spectators who all thought I was the first female to finish the half!! Ha! That's right, I ran a half marathon in under 1:20.00 (that would be 6.04 minutes per mile pace...) Here is a photo from an 8k I did in 2004 compared to a photo from the 10k in 2010.
Then, I ran the 4.9 miles in 34.02 - holding a 6.52 minute per mile pace.
Now, I ran the 6.2 miles in 1:04.56 - holding a 10.26 minute per mile pace.
Then, I weighed 146 lbs.
Now, I weigh 183 lbs.
Then, I had one year until graduation from college.
Now, I have one year until graduation from med school.
Then, I won my age group.
Now, I finished in the back of the middle of the pack.
Then, I was in it to win it, and loved pushing my my body as hard as it could go; I think I did the last mile in under 6 minutes.
Now, I was trotting along, listening to music, and watching the sidelines so I could wave to my husband and baby as I passed.