Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Flying Pig: My First 10K Race

I never thought I'd ever run a real race, like ever ever ever. But for some reason, I registered myself for the Cincinnati Flying Pig 10K last October, forced myself to train for it, and actually completed it this past weekend.

I've never thought of myself as a runner. Growing up, I tried every sport and settled on swimming because I was okay. Then when I started to dislike swimming, I joined marching band. I'm not very athletic. School was always more important than staying in shape.

But now I like to run...

While I was living in another city for my summer internship, I decided to run in my free time because I didn't have friends. I started off with small 1-miler runs and eventually grew to 2- and 3-milers. When I returned for my second internship, I decided to sign up for my first 5K race: Color Me Rad. Since that race, I've only done one other 5K race, but I've been able to run 3 miles religiously on the treadmill.

Also, I'd like to give a shout out to my boyfriend. We started dating a week after I registered for this 10K. I asked him: "If we are still together in May, will you cheer me on from the sidelines in this race?" His response was probably the best thing ever: "No, I won't be cheering you on from the sidelines, because I'll be running it with you."

Before March 2016, I had never run more than 3.5 miles. With a little motivation from multiple training apps (and my boyfriend), I pushed myself to go on longer runs. Until the weekend before race weekend, I had not run 6.2 miles straight. We decided that we should probably make sure that we (specifically me) would not die on race day. Our time for our 6.25 mile trail run was 1:18, which wasn't a horrible start. At least I knew that we would not be the slowest. (The race allowed up to a 16 minute/mile pace.) We had a system: run the first mile at a steady pace without stopping, do not walk for more than 2 minutes, aim to run to landmarks, sprint the finish.

The night before the race, of course I was antsy. I tried my best to get a good night's sleep. It was expected to rain on race morning. I had prepared for everything. That morning, my breakfast consisted of half of a Quest protein bar, water, and a banana. I got nervous while waiting for the race to start, being very indecisive on if I wanted to run with my rain slicker on or off, even though it wasn't really raining.

Once we got going, it took a little bit for us to separate ourselves from the people who start off walking, but we managed to run the first 2.5 miles. Over the entire race, we held true to our system. We didn't walk as much as I expected, maybe 8 minutes total. And of course we crossed the finish line sprinting and holding hands.

Final Stats:
Overall Place: 2457
Gender Place: 1301 / 2943 (44%)
Division Place (F 18-24): 110 / 198 (56%)
Net Time: 1:10:33
Pace: 11:23

Ok, so for my first race, I'm pretty proud of myself coming in around the 50th percentile. Not only do I have the accomplishment of finishing, I also set a few personal records for myself:

  • Fastest 1-mile (10:22)
  • Fastest 5K (33:31)
  • Fastest 10K (1:10:33)

I have officially registered for my first half marathon in October 2016: the Queen Bee Half, also in Cincinnati. Next year, my goal is to complete my first Skyline Challenge: the Flying Pig 5K, 10K and half marathon along with (hopefully) the Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney World.


  1. Finishing a half marathon is such an exciting feeling! I can't wait for it for you!