We happened to find a run/walk that was happening when we were going to be on the beautiful island of kauai. The Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run had a 10 mile, 10k and 5k option. Sister and I opted for the 10k and the parents were talked into participating in the 5k ;).
It’s the end of week 4 of marathon training for me, which means I am 1/3 of the way done – absolutely crazy since it seems like no time has gone by! I knew this race was in our plans when I made it so I included it on my training plan. This 10k was my third 10k overall, and the 2nd since I have started my training. With being somewhat discouraged at my time for the last run, I needed to rethink my priorities and remember that it is not about speed at this point for me, but just the fact that I am/will be running longer distances than I ever have before and I know that is going to wear on me and my legs.
I wanted this to be a stress-free run and finding out the course was no earphones helped quite a bit since I left my entire iPod at home – so I wouldn’t have music or my Nike+ to figure out my pace. On the way to the race I did think it would have been nice to have, but it was too late at that point so I would just go technology free for the 6.2 miles!
In the morning I had a pre-race breakfast of rice cakes, pb2 and strawberry-guava jam (so good!) and some Kona coffee. I got up almost 2 hours before we had to leave to give me time to get ready, eaten and settled before setting off for the race. We left at 6am and had a half hour drive to the sugar plantation. We got there right on time and found a spot along with all of the other runners. We had plenty of time to stand around, take pictures and use the restroom before we had to line up by the starting line.
Once we were ready to start I took off, attempting to keep it easy and start out slow so I wouldn’t lose steam halfway through like I did during the Haunted Hustle. I did start slowly, but then I heard someone with Britney blaring out of their phone for the “no earphones” rule and had to speed up to get by. There was no way I was going to be able to run to crackly Britney when the sights were to pretty – I just wanted to zone out in peace! Around the 3rd mile the course took us past the Old Koloa Sugar Mill. The run was rising at that point so it made pictures a little tricky (although these pictures are all from Sister since I left my new camera in the car so I wouldn’t end up dropping it!).
It was around this time I ended up running by 2 ladies who were going just a bit quicker than me. I figured it would be helpful to use them to help me pace to see if that would motivate me and help me push to the finish, especially since I was running in a brand new location and climate. A little before the turnaround point I passed one of the ladies but still had a bit to go on the other. I obviously had no idea what pace I was going or what they were going (or if they were even good at pacing themselves haha). It went back and forth a bit for me and the one, and then I passed her one more time and she said “good job”, which ended up being the last time either one of us passed one another. Now it was time to go after the other lady.
I know I was probably pissing her off because after the half way I ended up taking a few walking breaks, and then start running. This method actually made me faster than the second lady when I was running, but slower when walking so it went back and forth a bit (sorry lady!). I eventually came out with about a mile of the race left to go and she didn’t pass me again. The course itself was hilly and quite sunny, I was breaking a good sweat and was definitely working hard but knew my speed was not very fast and I was definitely nearing the end of what I had in me!
With around 1/4 mile or so left to go, Sister actually came running the other way since she it a ton faster than me, and ran with me at that point to help with the motivation. Jingle lady then came up – I had first heard her at the beginning. She had a Nathan water belt on and what sounded like a dollar worth of pennies rattling in it. I knew I was not going to run near her so I wouldn’t get annoyed, but I REALLY wanted to beat her. I somehow managed to say this to Kinley and she asked if I wanted her to push me to the finish and take her out.
Well, she definitely pushed me and more so than I actually needed to beat the jingler, but I felt better pushing myself so much at the end! The timing system was so old school at this race, just a one time start and then you handed the bottom part of your number to someone at the end to record. I don’t think they’re even posted online and I am in no hurry to look, and really have no motivation to look either since it was definitely my slowest 10k. No need for records when you’re running in paradise, right??
After the race I refueled with some pineapple (my first since getting here somehow!), and plenty of water. We headed to the car at that point to get home and eat some breakfast to continue refueling and recovering! On the way, Sister and I grabbed Starbucks iced coffees and a container of Horizon organic chocolate milk. We split the chocolate milk between the two cups and I think we’re both hooked on our new favorite coffee drink! Similar to an iced mocha but without a ton of the fake ingredients and sugar that are put in the regular syrups.
Even though it was a fairly slow 10k, I still checked off a race completed in Hawaii and feel pretty good after the fact (well actually I am exhausted beyond belief but I think that has more to do with the rest of the activities done today that I will post about next!).