My 1st 10K!!!
I signed up for this one with the husband on a complete whim! We were headed to Galveston for the weekend to celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary and the Monday before our trip I decided to see if there were any races happening in the Galveston/Houston area. Low and behold, I found The Toughest 10K in Kemah, TX. I wasn’t specifically looking for a 10K but as soon as I saw it I was hooked. I told the husband about it and he was just as excited about giving it a try as I was. Everything, from packet pickup to the actual race, fit in so perfectly with our plans. I was pumped for this race the minute – no – the second we signed up for it! The race has a great Facebook page that they kept updated with little race tidbits that just fueled the excitement and anticipation.
It didn’t phase us that we hadn’t run a 10K before – we planned to take it nice and easy, run as much as we could and do a walk/run interval after that. We were a bit nervous because the course went on the Kemah/Seabrook Bridge – four times, but I felt up for the challenge!
I could barely sleep the night before the race and jumped out of bed well before the alarm clock rang I was so dang excited. I truly felt like a kid on Christmas morning! I never was so pumped and amped for a race before!
It was cloudy and humid – I was so thankful the sun decided not to show up for the race because it could have made things icky weather wise. A nice little breeze kept us cool – especially on the bridge.
There were close to 2 thousand people running the 10K, a good amount of spectators, and a large group of beyond awesome volunteers. The volunteers rang their cowbells, yelled, and cheered for us – oh, and manned the water/Gatorade table like nobody’s business. I was able to pick up a cup without ever breaking my stride. At one point, I told one of the volunteers that she was awesome, and she replied, “No, you’re awesome!” – and dammit – I felt awesome!
Steve and I had a really good supportive race. If the water stop was on my side and he wanted a drink, I got it – and vice versus. We talked to each other and kept each other going. Definitely a nice way to celebrate an anniversary and I was (and am) so excited that we did our 1st 10K together.
We kicked ass, if I do say so myself. We ran the whole time, kept a decent and consistent pace and finished just slightly over the one hour mark. Official results have not been posted due to some technical difficulties, but preliminary results have us in at 1:01. We were blown away with our performance and we were on a runner’s high for days! DAYS!
High lights: So much to say! But, I think being able to run the whole darn thing will be one of my fave race moments ever. Just performing beyond expectation is pretty sweet in and of itself.
Low lights: it started pouring rain as we crossed the finish totally killing the post race festivities. Tents with food were set up around the beautiful Kemah boardwalk area and it would have been nicer if the rain held out just a little longer. Still really didn’t stop us from inhaling the yummy treats and chatting with fellow finishers.
Race Swag: A kick ass technical shirt (no sponsors on the back, yo!), a hat, and finisher’s medal.
Post Race Eats: Breakfast burritos, ice cream (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), Power Bars, Muscle Milk, Soda, water, and fresh fruit. The best post race spread I have encountered thus far.
Miracle Mile: During the race I really paid attention to the volunteers. Kids and adults of all ages giving their all to make it a great race. All of them seemed so friendly – from packet pickup to during the race – to post race. I remember seeing kids raking up discarded cups on the side of the road with so much oomph and effort. It was really cool to see.
I have to give it up to the Running Alliance Sports (RAS)! They put on a great race. The Toughest 10K Kemah is part of The Texas Bridge Series, the others being, The Toughest 10K Galveston and the La Porte Half Marathon. I’m bummed that my schedule doesn’t allow for me to take on the 10K in Galveston this year, but I am keeping the race on my radar for next year. Who knows, maybe we will take on the Texas Bridge Series. I wouldn’t mind doing my first halfie organized by RAS. Dun dun DUN. Well see.