Success! I am so proud of myself! My goal for the Black Cat 10 Miler was to finish under 90 minutes, and I did it!!
Monica , Chandra , and I woke up bright and early to drive to Salem for the race. We needed to pick up our race packets, so we made sure to get an early start. Unfortunately, we didn’t get there early enough because the race people “ran out” of t-shirts. Wicked bummer.
Monica and Chandra each received a shirt, but I didn’t. I know it’s just a shirt, but the shirt is one of the best parts about running a race!! It’s a little memento that always reminds you of race day when you wear it.
I guess what bothered me most about the whole thing was there was no rhyme or reason for giving out the shirts. The three of us pre-registered for the race months ago and we all picked up our packets at the exact same time. Plus, a number of runners, who picked up their packets after us, still received shirt. It made no sense. I know it’s just a shirt, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Ok, I’m done complaining. Sometimes, I just need to vent.
Ok, back to the race recap!
Promptly at 8 o’clock, we lined up at the start line.
And then we were off!
Monica and I stuck together for the first 3 miles or so, but I lost her on a big hill.
My little legs just couldn’t keep up. She was en fuego!
The course was a little hilly and very scenic. Salem is such an adorable town.
I felt pretty good for the entire race. I lost a little steam around Mile 9, but I finished strong and ended up coming in at 1:29:23, which was an average pace of 8:57! That’s fast for me!!!
Mile 1: 8:39
Mile 2: 8:48
Mile 3: 9:00
Mile 4: 8:44
Mile 5: 8:49
Mile 6: 9:11
Mile 7: 9:02
Mile 8: 9:04
Mile 9: 9:20
Mile 10: 8:35
After the race, I had a huge smile on my face! I was so happy and proud of myself– and I didn’t care about that stupid race shirt anymore.
I bought my own green shirt to remember the race by. It says: “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” Indeed it is.
YAY!!! We did it!!
After the race, we headed back to my house. On the ride home, we stopped by Marylou’s for iced coffee , and I snacked on a banana and a Matt Damon Cookie .
All in all, it was a great race. I’m so glad that I had Chandra and Monica to run it with me! Good times.