You don’t know how badly I wanted to name the title of this post “10k and Mother’s Day” just because it rhymes. But, according to the matriarch of my house, Mother’s Day should be a whole weekend. I guess she’s right, although I did try to throw the “it’s not Sunday yet” fit when she told me to vacuum.
All Children’s 10k
Saturday morning I ran the Running For All Children 10k in St. Petersburg, FL. For those of you who don’t know Florida, it’s about 20-25 minutes from where I live in Tampa. Not only was this the most beautiful course (100% along the water) and organized for a fantastic cause, but it was the first 10k I’ve run since 2010. I don’t know why, but 10k’s just haven’t been on my radar. Actually, I do know why: they are hard to race. 5k’s are (relatively) short enough to push yourself the entire time. Half marathons are longer and require some pacing. The 10k (6.2 miles) is a weird distance where you want to conserve speed but still push your pace. Awful description, I know.
Since I ran this solely for fun I didn’t have a goal time, which is a recurring theme in my races if you can’t tell. It was a small race (only 400 participants in the 10k) and I didn’t know my pace throughout. My only indicator of effort was that I was breathing heavy by the end. I would say that I kept the first 3 miles relatively steady and then pushed myself for the last 3.2. I don’t have mile splits, but my final time was 49:32, a 7:59 min/mile. You know it’s a small race when that speed wins the 20-24 age group haha….not normal. However, for typically running a 8:30-9 min/mile pace, this felt challenging but doable for me.
I did a 1.25 mile warm-up and .5 mile cooldown for a total of about 8 miles. (Warming up before a race = a genius idea. Why don’t I do that more often?). It was a picturesque morning!
Mother’s Day Weekend
The rest of the weekend was dedicated to mom. For probably 12 of my 21 Mother’s Days on earth, we have gone biking. Last year we were driving back from Miami and “had to” have brunch instead, but this year it was back to the outdoor, adventure-ish activities.
We rented two double kayaks and stayed out on the water for an hour or so. One of my mom’s Mother’s Day presents was a waterproof phone case so we put it to the test. It’s nice to have a phone out on the water (music, photos, safety) without having a heart attack at the thought of it dropping.
Later, we watched the Tampa Bay Lightning win (Go Bolts!), went to church and then ended the night with a picnic in the park while listening to music.
For a day when I don’t get to pick the activities, it wasn’t too bad.