Ok, ok. I know I have so much to catch you up on. Moving into our first house is huge. Discovering the toilet is in fact on the back porch instead of in the house is a quirk worthy of a post and a half. (Really.) New jobs, new university – so much is happening.
I’ll get to those, I really will. However, I also want to talk about Ant and my first 10k yesterday!
While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend skipping a run for the first time, moving into a new house the day before, and racing in the pouring rain as a recipe for a PR, somehow it worked for us. Plus, we had a ball.
The Doomben 10k takes place at Doomben (Ascot) race course, with the finish-line being on the race course itself. The course is an out and back along the side streets of the area, nice and flat, save for an evil bridge you have to climb twice during the race. I imagine it would have been a great race to watch normally, but as it was pouring, the spectators were few and far between.
We woke up at 5:15am to the sound of pouring rain (after working like dogs all day the day before trying to unpack the house), quickly got dressed, and made breakfast:
A huge sweet potato shared between us, with two tablespoons of yogurt and almond butter. That was what we had in the fridge, so that is what we ate.
The view from the car was not promising, but we crossed our fingers and drove to the course, arriving at the start like at 7:00am for a 7:20 race. I didn’t bring my iPhone on the course as it was pouring, so I’ll post photos when they come through.
We started the race mid-pack, and were quickly passed by most eager beavers. Since this was a training run-race combo, we decided to run a bit faster than our planned six miles, but not go crazy. The sprinkling rain quickly turned from curse to blessing, as it kept us cool during the run. Anthony and I chatted most of the way, though I definitely felt like I was holding Anthony back during the run (I really am scared of injury, and didn’t want to go too quickly.) The race itself wasn’t exactly a beautiful course, but it was flat and fast.
We climbed a bridge. Ran around the bridge. Climbed it again. We kept thanking volunteers as we went, when finally this lovely runner (really!) behind us said, “you’re talking too much. Run faster! You’re younger than me, so I expect you to thoroughly beat me.” So, we picked up the pace. Quite a bit.
We ran the last mile in around 8:57, and arrived at the finish line at 1:01. Woohoo!
After the race, we were famished. We headed to the Fundie’s Whole Foods Cafe in Paddington for a post race treat.
Fundies, or Fundamentals, is a fabulous health-food store with a delightful cafe attached to it.
Like a good endurance athlete, Anthony downed his chocolate coconut milk…
I had a vegan chickpea patty with three salads, and he had the big breakfast. If that wasn’t enough, I also had a slice of gluten-free toast while I was waiting.
Both were totally delicious, and great refueling.
We both had such a wonderful time racing, and can’t wait to do it again. It felt so great to kick butt (for us!) and really work hard.