This is my 4th year running and of all the races I have ran, I have ran the Peachbud every year! My first year running Peachbud is still my 10K PB time of 50:29. The following year was a windy race and I came in at 54:05, yes I wasn’t happy about that race. Last year I was partially injured and came in at 53:42. So as you see I am anxious to have another great race at the Peachbud. Sadly this year was not it!
My daughter ran the 1K before my 10K race and I will do a separate post on that because she TOTALLY ROCKED! Yes proud mommy moment!
After the 1K race, was the 5K and then the 10K and here I am just waiting to get this race started!
This is an evening race, with the 10K starting at 7:30pm, I still can’t get these races right in terms of rest and fueling properly, maybe one day! This was a very hot, hot day and the first 4Ks the humidity really got to me. After the race talking to other runners, they had the same issue so I am glad I wasn’t the only one but I know I was dehydrated prior to the race and that really affected me. I never really got into a good grove and I was just drinking down water at all the water stations. The sponge station at the 6K mark was heaven, I love sponge stations. I just keep it with me, stick it on my tank strap and you can feel the cold water cool you off as you run, yes heavenly!
So basically my whole race sucked. Right after the 9K mark I see Cynthia running towards me. I know she has ran the 10K already and had finished about 10 minutes ago, she is an awesome runner. She is yelling out to me, “almost there”, “keep your eyes on the street lights ahead”, “lets so Bela”. Seriously my angel sent from heaven. She ran with me to just before the finish line and I was so tired, I had no more to give but I could not let Cynthia down. I pushed, and started passing people, I was finishing this strong.
My foot was also really bugging me STILL, you can see it in the position of my foot.
Yikes, my finish time was my worst 10K ever, oh so sad! But regardless I got out there and ran and finished my 4th straight row of running the Peachbud!
My stats were:
Chip – 56:58 – yup my worst 10K EVER
Category Placing – 11th out of 32
Gender Placing – 66th out of 202
I had to get a picture of Cynthia and I. I am so blessed to know this amazing woman and runner, she is so supportive and I always love seeing her at the races.
We then went in to get our post race snacks and the last 2 years Peachbud has provided a hot meal after the race which I love and thank them for. Here is Marina enjoying her meal.
We went back out to wait for Gail and to watch her finish.
I am all about supporting on another and Gail did great! We chit chatted for awhile after while I ate my meal and my daughter photo bombed this picture.
Wasn’t a great race for me but I did have a great time overall. Always great to get out there and race and to be around friends and family, what more could ask for. Well I ask for next years Peachbud to be awesome, but we will have to wait and see!