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Run San Ramon- My first 10K race!!

I hope all my American friends had an awesome 4th of July weekend! And I hope my non-American friends had a fantastic weekend!

I certainly had a great 3-day weekend! Friday was my first 10K race ever (Run San Ramon). Now, obviously I have run the 10K distance since I’ve done half marathons before. But this was my first official 10K race!

Friday I woke up at 5:50AM to eat (toast with peanut butter), get some fluids in me (1 glass of Nuun and 1 glass of water), and get dressed for my 4th of July 10K. My mom and I left our house at 7 to go pick up Kyle. We had no issues finding the race location and parking (one of the many benefits of participating in a local race).

I easily picked up my race bib (and free T-shirt) and then not so easily tried to affix my race bib to my running shirt. I can never do this without a mirror. I made my way to the porta-potty line which moved quickly. Loved that they had the portable sinks with soap too. For my newer runner friends, sinks with soap at races are rare (at least in my experience). Bring hand wipes and Purell unless you like running with poop hands.

About quarter-till the start time, I wanted to line up by the starting line. Actually the direction of the start was unclear so a bunch of us milled around until the director called everyone over. Before I knew it we were counting down. Crap. I forgot to sync up my watch.

The director yelled, “Go!” and we all took off. I ran by Kyle and my mom and made a frowny face cause my watch didn’t sync. I thought I was going to have to run by feel, which I’m horrible at. And then my watch satellite linked up and all was good. I could now relax.

This course was a simple loop- 5Kers ran 1 time around and 10Kers ran the loop twice. I actually preferred this because it helped me with my pacing. I brought my hand-held water bottle because I didn’t know where they would have water along the course. Glad I did. They had water in 2 spots but I was sweating a lot.

run san ramon 10k race

As I was running this race, I fell in love with the 10K. Long enough that I could get into my groove, but not as long as a half marathon where I’m exhausted the rest of the day. Before I knew it I had lap 1 down.

Lap 2 I was running by myself for most of it. A man and woman were ~30 feet in front of me, but that was it. Towards the end, we lapped a bunch of 5Kers who were walking the course. This was a little annoying because the lane was super narrow so I spent a good chunk of time weaving. I was getting tired because I swear it was (gradual) uphill most of the race. My last mile I tried to pick up the pace cause I knew I would be cutting it close to my 55:00 goal.

run san ramon 10k race

Official time- 54:47 (8:50 pace). I’m bummed because this time isn’t accurate. We had chips in our bibs but there was no chip start (only chip end). They gave everyone the same start time of 8:15 AM (which is not when most of us crossed the starting line). So most of our times are actually faster than our official times. Oh well.

My mom and Kyle quickly found me after I crossed the finish line. We chatted and then checked out all the free food! They had every type of popsicle/ice cream bar you could want, bananas, oranges, cookies, bars, water, and Gatorade. Too bad post-race Amy thinks ice cream and cookies sound awful. I took cookies to-go but too bad you can’t really take ice cream to-go…they call that soup.

run san ramon 10k race
My red, white, and blue outfit was not what I had wanted to do. I ran out of time and this was the best I could come up with.

We sat around a bit so I could get some fluids, a banana, and orange in me. Then we went and spun one of those wheel things (like on the Price is Right but much smaller) to win prizes. We each won a free 1 week gym membership and a free lunch!

We were going to head out and then I heard that they were about to announce winners. I was curious to hear the times so we waited. 5Kers first. Then they did 10Kers.

I wanted to hear what I would have needed to run if I wanted to place in my age group. And then they called my name. Apparently I placed 2nd in my age group! I know it’s a small race, but it still feels good!

run san ramon 10k race

I had tons of fun during this race and cannot wait to do it again next year! Looking back, I think I could have pushed myself a little bit harder, but it’s so difficult to know how to pace yourself for your first race. Overall, I’m pleased!

Huge thank you to all the volunteers on the course! A lot of them were cheering us on, handing out water, giving us mile splits, monitoring road blocks, and shouting at drivers who were driving too fast.

And the biggest thank you to Kyle and my mom for waking up early on your day off and then receiving sweaty hugs! The. Best.

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After we got home I refueled with INrefresh and a taco salad 🙂

taco salad

What’s your favorite race distance?

Did you race this weekend?

Ever place in a race? This was my first. A little bittersweet- it feels great to place but I also know it was a small race.

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46 thoughts on “Run San Ramon- My first 10K race!!

  1. Congrats on your medal! Woohoo!
    Come do the 10K Firecracker Run in Feb here in LA Chinatown! Your mum is gonna join me! Everyone gets a medal and the image is of whatever the Chinese zodiac sign is of that year. We’re trying for all 12! You get a tshirt too!

  2. Congrats on your first 10K! I’ve run one 10K – my longest race to date and I really liked it. For me, it was just enough challenge to not feel overwhelming. It also gave me the urge to go farther so I’m doing a half this fall.

  3. Congrats on your race! I just love photos! I have a love hate relationship with the 10k but for some reason I’m running that distance 4 times this year! I love the 5k the best.

  4. Congrats!! I like smaller races because I usually have a greater chance of placing lol. I think my favorite race distance is the half marathon. 13.1 is fun 🙂

  5. CONGRATS ON 2nd INUIUR AGE GROUP, that is incredible!!!!! And so so happy you fell in love with the 10k! Isn’t it a gear distance? Long enough to get in a great run, short enough that you don’t have to recover for days!
    I’m sorry the race wasn’t well organized, that’s a major bummer. And that start time policy…… No bueno at all, booo!
    I’ve bet run a loop race, but I do love out and back runs for the same reason, mentally they jt seem so much easier! The 10k I always run is on a narrow path and I have he exact same darn problem with the path getting congested, ahhh well.

    Congrat again girl!

  6. Congratulations!!! You did awesome!!! That stinks about the chip timing, though! My favorite distance is the ten miler. I think I love it even more because there aren’t a ton of them. Just makes them even more desirable! 🙂

  7. Congrats! Eventhough your actual race time may be faster than your official time, your official time is still under your time goal!!
    And I’m so glad that you love the 10k distance. I do too

  8. Great job Amy, and I LOVE how happy you look in the post-race pic with Kyle.
    The 10K was one of the last race distances I crossed off my list as well…I had already done a few halfs as well as a full before I ever ran a 10K race. It’s a good distance…you can really run it hard and see what you’ve got.
    Awesome that you placed too…woo hoo!

  9. Congrats and you even hit your goal time by quite a bit too! You rock. I knew you would do great! I like the 10K but I think I prefer the half marathon maybe because I’m crazy and I find the same thing about the half that you do about the 10K. The whole marathon wipes me out but the half makes me feel like I did something big and I have a weird amount of energy after! 🙂

  10. Awesome!! Way to go! How did I miss this on IG??? I personally don’t like 10k’s – hurt too much. I prefer a 10 miler, or even a half marathon – at least I can catch my breath a couple times in those distances. And BTW, the size of the race doesn’t matter – you NEVER know who is going to show up. I’ve been in small races I thought I was sure to place in, but didn’t come close. Then in a little bigger races I’ve found my way to the medals. You never ever know. Again, congrats!!

    1. Lol thank you so much!!! I’m still too slow for 10K’s to hurt a lot 😉 I still think I love the half more than 10K because of that sense of accomplishment! Awww thanks Scott! You’re right! You never know who will be at a race!

  11. Congrats! What a great first 10K – you got beat your time goal and won an award. I always say that you can only race the people who show up to the race. I’m running a 10K next weekend – my last one was in March – so I’ll have to see how if I feel about it on Sunday.

  12. I love 10ks for that reason! Congrats on placing (again), I’ve never placed but what a great surprise, you’re awesome 🙂

  13. A race is a race! YOU DID GREAT!! That is a fantastic time for your first 10K! As you know I am very fond of that distance and it sounds like you had a great time doing it too! Post race ice cream and cookies don’t sound so good to me either haha.

    1. Awww thanks so much Lauren!!! (PS I feel weird calling you by your name because in my head your name is Salt. Werid?). Yessss I definitely fell in love with the distance! Haha isn’t it a bummer that desserts sound horrible after a race?? It’s the perfect time to eat them and not feel guilty!

  14. Congrats, you speed demon! Your stride is huuuuge in that one picture haha you look like a total boss. 10K is by far my favorite race because it feels like the perfect workout without requiring too much strain and training on the body.

  15. CONGRATULATIONS mia more on your second place! You did fantastic!!! Love your post-race picture with Kyle where you are looking up at him. You guys look way too adorbale ❤ ❤ ❤ xoxo

    PS. I'm super glad that you haven't mentioned your knee even once today. It's a good sign. WOOP WOOP!!!

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