Today's 10k run would not have happened without my two cheerleaders! They drove me up to Beaver Dam, walked to 2 different spots on the course to cheer and support me during the race, close to the end my mom ran about .1 with me when I was struggling, and then my dad was standing at the finish line. Ugh, my heart. They are so wonderful.
I started the race at a fast but consistent pace, and then around mile 4 my back started hurting and I had to slow down. I finished with a time of 1:03.52, not the time I wanted. 4 minutes off of my last PR. But I still finished, which is the important thing.
At this point in my training, I do want to give gratitude for where I am at. Back in March, when I was training for my first half marathon, I pulled my hamstring and wasn't able to complete my training before race day. A few months later, I'm doing everything I can to keep the miles steady, and going, and consistent - injury free. I'm so grateful that I have passed that mental roadblock from last year and can continue training. Period.
I guess my takeaway from today's race is that no matter what the time is, we still have to celebrate the fact that the race was completed. Finishing strong is the most important thing, and that's what I intend to do for the rest of my training.
Oh, and my parents are the best people ever and I love them.