Planned: 10km race in training mode
Actual: 44:37 (1st place women & Veteran A category) – Happy? Very!
Great and fun race under the sun! B)
Quiet and still asleep city. Tricky to find the start, but saw a guy with “triathlo club” on his T-shirt and thought he must be there for the race as well… So followed him 🙂 1.5km later we reached the start. They were putting all in place. Registered on place with the translation help from a volunteer. And it was 1hr to start… Sunny and warm, got an easy 2km warm-up and few accelerations before start. Less then 10 minutes before start, decided to skip my singlet. Sport-bra is good enough for Dubai runs in January, or April runs in Sweden, so it would do for May race in Spain!
Lined up in the front, until two guys stepped before me (I passed one at km7 and the other guy got in top ten…). And PANG! Start and confetti rain! Lost the woman standing by my side before start already after 30-40m, so headed with the hungry blocks in front of me! Wow! So fast start (down a slope) and towards the beach. Got to run with another gal for a few meters before km1 and then no more woman. Took the side of a Spanish guy with caps. Good rhythm and this race was planned as training. Knowing there was a hill to run up somewhere, would definitely not aim for a PB whatsoever. Just fun (& sunshine!). The 3 first km went smoothly around 4min/km and THEN the “slope” started. Got the running continuing for a while during km4, encouraging my running mate and getting some “vamos, vamos” back. Not many passing us… I thought this km was slow… Saw above us where the other runners were disappearing in a snake-like road towards the top.of.the.hill!!! Km5 got so crazy-tired-snail-pace-slow, lots of walking, lots of “Vamos, Vamos”… Passing a guy in orange T-shirt a couple of times during those 2km upwards and he passed me back. He did lots of walking as well 🙂
Got to understand by then I was at first position for the women (“la primera de las chicas“). Passed the walkers of the “walk race” who started 30minutes before us. What a sight to see all the guys running down, got some extra strength when recognising some who were not too much before me on the way up…meaning the turn back was close. So many cheering by the guys, filled my heart with warmth and would have hoped my feet would feel lighter 😉 Grabbed a bottle of water, turned, drank and that was it!!! Half way and no more climbing! Ran down the hill from this point (sorry: flew down the hill!!! Got two km @3:32 & 3:35 which are my best km ever run and all in my mind was “don’t fall-don’t fall…). From km6 I got the great honor to be escorted by a lady police on motorcycle, telling me she will take la “primera de las chicas” until the finish line 🙂 WOW! THAT was cool! Km7 was reached and now back to the beach side. Not many people cheering apart from when passing as 1) the police made loads of noise for it and 2) they understand I had the first place 🙂 Thanks for the extra applauds! Got a bit tired to run the race on the beach side, was a bit boring, but the objective in my mind became to pass one of the guys ahead of me before the finish line 🙂 Got to pass 4 of them and met again one of the guys (the orange T-shirt guy) with who I ran up the hill. He encouraged all the way at the end, ran by my side and kindly pushed me on the little slope towards the finish line. He also stepped little back behind me, lifted my hand to show I had the first place and I got to run through those banners (?) and got a confetti rain on me 🙂 yap! First place!
Not sure what I got after the race, hugs from my helper, and other runners who had cheered during the race, coca cola+orange, got goodie bag, ten minutes massage and two trophies (1st place race, 1st place category veteran A).
The time 44:37 ain’t fabulous. BUT considering it is a training fun race, it was crazy hilly 2km, I had my “heavy” shoes and for the fun just to run, I am so happy to have done this race! Great organisation, the route was not easy but actually fun to run (& walk), the runners were very kind with me on the way up and the way down 🙂 all good!
And I know what to train would I ever run this race again!!!!
Got a huge fruit basket as well and it was time to get back home. Tram for 70minutes, changed to beach-gear and off to get some tan and relax close to the sea. Yes, a book did follow, but after one chapter I fell asleep. Few hours later, more sun cream and turns to get a regular tan 🙂 it was time for getting home. Same procedure: shower, after-sun cream, pasta with tuna and clamps and ready for bed after little reading…
Nice way to end the week!