After the sinus infection I had last week I had actually decided against running the 10k race I had signed up for in December. I thought I would be too sick, plus I hadn’t been able to train in almost three weeks between Easter vacation and the sickness. However, all of a sudden on Friday night I just changed my mind. I figured I might as well just try it, see how it goes, so I did!
Yesterday Dan came with me to the sports Expo in Casa de Campo, a huge park on the west side on Madrid that we’ve really been meaning to check out anyway! I got a Rock n Roll 10K running shirt, a mug, and a bunch of other random offers when I picked up by bib number. Then we walked around the Expo, bought some Power bars and enjoyed the 2 euro pasta lunch they had provided. Last night I went out for a little bit with my friends and Lauren’s parents who had just arrived from the US, but went home early hoping I could fall asleep despite my nerves. After getting my things together I actually fell asleep very quickly, despite my anxiousness and excitement for the race.
I got to el Parque del Retiro (the other big park we used to go to all the time in the summer) around 7:45am with two friends, and I had plenty of time to check my bags, do a warm up, stretch and prepare myself for the next hour or so of running! This was my first actual big race, so my nerves were definitely going crazy at this point!
Once I started running though it was so great! We ran up Paseo de la Castellana to the Real Madrid football stadium and then back to finish in el Retiro; here’s the map! I finished in just over one hour and one minute, averaging 6:02 minutes/kilometer. Click here for my full results! The energy of the race was just pushing me along, especially since there were a few bands playing along the course and lots of cheering by runners and bystanders alike. I had such a great time, and I definitely plan on running another 10k or maybe a half marathon soon!
I met up with Dan & Gabby around 10:30am after the race (thanks again, guys!!) and then spent the rest of the afternoon at the Templo de Debod, lying in the grass and relaxing with friends. I feel a lot better than I was expecting, but I will definitely be feeling those 10 kilometers on my commute to work in the morning! Hope you all enjoyed your Earth Day too! Ciao, amores:)