>> Sunday, May 6, 2012
I did it! I finished the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon 10K race this morning! Yep, that's 6.2 miles...my longest race yet.
I started out this morning by waking up at 5:30 to wake Molly up to nurse her before I left the house. Breakfast was in the car (banana with peanut butter, yogurt with cereal) as I had no idea what to expect parking-wise. I had planned on carpooling with my running buddy, but she backed out at the last minute, so I was in it alone. That made me more nervous on my way down and waiting for the run to start. I found a spot to park right away so I had plenty of time to mentally try and get ready for the race and to get my gear together, try to get my blood sugar under control (I try to keep it a little higher than normal so I don't crash in the middle of the race) and get to the start line. I didn't take my phone or my camera, so I don't have any photos of the actual race or start, but it was such a fun atmosphere. Actually, all of the races that I've done have had a great spirit and a "buzz" before the start.
So the actual course was crossing the bridge over into Northern Kentucky, running the riverfront, back over the bridge, past the start line and another 1.5 mile loop around downtown Cincinnati. I think most of the first 4.5 miles of the course is the same as the Flying Pig 1/2 and Full marathons that take place on Sunday morning.
The run was scenic, the water stops were well placed, and overall I just really enjoyed the run. The last mile was probably the toughest for me, but once I saw the finish line, I was able to pick up my speed a little. My garmin said that my 5k (3.1miles) was around 34:00 and my 5 mile was around 56:00. Both of those times were about 2 minutes better than my times at previous races this year (Shamrock Shuffle 5k in March was 36min and the Walk for Life 5 mile was 58min). So, overall I'm pleased.
Here is a screen shot of my Garmin upload:
Here are my official race stats:
The fastest lady finished it in 38:00...which is just a few minutes longer than my 5k pace :) I'm definitely not a fast runner, but I'm proud of where I finished. For me it was good. And it was a great first introduction to the Flying Pig Marathon. I say first because I will be back! Hopefully doing the 1/2 marathon next year...