- There ARE hills in Florida!
- Running DOWNhill is harder than running uphill. Putting the brakes on while running downhill started to bother my knee a little bit. I should have remembered this from the end of the Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon, but it's been a while since I've run downhill. I definitely had a good cadence running uphill, though.
- I really, really wanted to PR. My current 10K PR is from my very first race of that distance, so I really wanted to PR. I was constantly checking my watch and setting distance/time markers in my head (ex. I need to be at 4.2 miles by 44:00 to PR). The bad thing: I kind of forgot that a 10K was 6.2 miles, and I was calculating for 6.0 miles.
- ...BUT I was very happy with my time. While I didn't reach my goal of a PR, I DID reach my B-goal of finishing in under a 11:00min/mile pace. Also, just think how much faster I would have been if the course was flat!! I have hope that the next 10K I run (possibly in August...) will be a PR!
- Donuts after a race are tasty.
- Sparkle Skirts really are all they are made out to be. Sparkle Skirts recently as pieces of costumes to upcoming half marathons. They are a bit pricey, but after racing in Orbits (the one with the colorful circles), I learned that they are TOTALLY worth it. The shorts don't move AT ALL, and they also don't rub in all the wrong places. Plus, the pockets in the shorts are SO HUGE that I don't feel like I need a belt to hold anything for me anymore. You also can't beat how snazzy you look in them :)
- Good music definitely makes a run even better.
- Starting the day with a 10K does wonders for my FitBit step count! I was already over my goals of 10,000 steps, 5 miles, and 30 active minutes a day before 8 in the morning! That put me well on my way to get 20,000 steps in on Sunday--a personal best for me since getting my FitBit.
|Running through bubbles at the finish--too cool!|
Question for you: Do you often run hills? Any pointers you have would be appreciated :) Any lessons you've learned from recent races?