Monday, June 22, 2009

i am the proud new owner of my very own PR.

So, i told you on Friday i would tell you something interesting on Monday & nobody bit! Nobody had curiosity eating them up at night while they wondered what juicy tidbit i could possibly have for them come Monday. Well, 's ok... i'll tell you anyway... i have a PR.
Public Relations?
Press Release?
Puerto Rico?
PR?
Personal Record.
i ran in my very first ever 10k race this weekend (yes, on Father's Day - i am a bad wife...)
The whole thing made me pretty nervous... i couldn't remember one single reason why i thought it was a good idea to register in the first place by the time race day rolled around. It was gloomy & cloudy & really cold - with even a sprinkling of rain. i didn't tell many people 'cause i found the whole thing kind of hilarious. Mollen asked me, "momma, are you gonna race against other mommas?" & it all seemed kind of silly - but i still wanted to do it.
Neil was a trooper - he dropped me off to get my time chip & went & got hot chocolate for the crew (yes, it was that cold). Then he came to cheer as i crossed over the start line. The first few seconds were just kind of almost walking, almost jogging as there were a ton of people & it was very crowded. Right away, i ran into a piece of luck. A HUGE FAST man went in front of me & kind of cleared the way through all the beginning rabble & by the time i lost him, i was out of the crowd finding my own pace. i had my watch on, so i was keeping track when i could see a km marking & i knew my pace was pretty right on what i've been at home & i was feeling pretty good by the time i came around the bend to the 5k finish line (the 10k racers just passed on the side & did a second loop). That's when i saw my whole little crew jumping & cheering at the sidelines & they were so cute, i could have cried... The second 5k there were a lot less runners & i felt like i kept up my pace pretty good - even though it felt like so many people passed me. When i got in sight of the finish line, i saw my littles again & people waving me across the finish line & it was all so distracting, i forgot to look at my watch - but i knew i had beat my goal of 55 minutes & i was pretty happy with that.
When i got home, & checked my time online, i found out that i came in second out of 27 for my age division & i thought that was pretty amazing for my very first race. 11/95 for women & 46/191 overall.
So, my very first PR for a 10k is 53:07.
i may be looking for a new one someday soon.

13 comments:

Mindy said...

Wow, that's great! How exciting. Congratulations on doing so well, and I'm excited to hear about your future efforts. :)

Melissa said...

Oh Paige - you ARE a runner! Who ever doubted you? I'm so proud of you!! You are a total inspiration - I can't WAIT to put on the runners again!!

Way to go!!

Oh, and I didn't *bite* on the post because I'm patient and was NOT going to pester you! :)

Yay!

Jen said...

YOU. ARE. AWESOME!!!
I have to admit....I was a little curious all weekend as to what you were gonna write about.
I wishwishwish I could be in a run like that!
SO AWESOME for getting 2nd in your age!!! WOW!
You are my hero!
Pictures?!?!?! PLEASE!!!!

Molly said...

That's fantastic! I detest running, so I am always in awe of those who can do it!

deborah said...

That is so awesome! Good for you!

Lisa said...

Go Paige! You rock!

Prvbs31Mama said...

WHAAAAT???? And you didn't tell us so we could cheer you on???
Good for you! I'm proud of you! Wish I could have been on the sidelines!

mamalena said...

Well...I just naturally assumed that you were going to announce that you were bringing down the cost of gage by 1/2...HAHAHAHAHA...

Anyhow...that is quite an accomplishment. You will soon be ready to take on Harvey...hehe

Carol said...

Congratulations! Way to go!

Minerva said...

Congratulations, Paige!! I came in nowhere NEAR the front of my age group in my first race, and while I'm closer now than I used to be, there are always at least 20 people ahead of me. :) Great job!!

Shelly said...

Paige! That is SO impressive! First that you ran 10K period, even if it took you all day, and in less than an hour to boot!

Anonymous said...

Good job... it would probably take me 53 hours to run that far!!! I can see how it would be exhilirating to have your family yelling on the sidelines to cheer you on... Were you stiff and sore afterwards -- Hope not too bad!
Saskatchewan Cousin

Erin said...

That is a fabulous time! Even for someone who has called themself a runner for a long time! You are defintely a runner girl!

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