My First 10k : Davidson Run for the Green

Good morning! The last week has been a whirlwind. Though I have a to-do list a mile long to get caught up, I’m also still content sitting here smiling from the memories of the weekend while watching my one year old (!!!) stand and push her new grocery cart ride-along toy around the room. I have a one year old now. Unreal. The celebration went wonderfully.

Hailey's 1st birthday- books

Compliments of Magen Marie Photography

I’ll get to the birthday recap as soon as I get all the pictures, but first…

I ran a 10k. Yes, I ran it, as in I didn’t walk at all during the entire race! How? I’m still not sure.

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- breakfast

I woke up around 6am and ate breakfast. Toast, cream cheese, egg and orange juice. I pumped, got dressed, then we were off!

before the race

Well, not before the obligatory pre-race photo. Did I mention my brother, Kris, ran it with me? It was so great to have him there and run it together.

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- portapotty check

I made a final pit stop before we headed to the start line. At this point my stomach started turning circles. I just can’t control my nerves. I considered making a dash for another bathroom stop, but then the race started and I had no choice but to just run.

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- the view

The race was very well done. It was clearly marked and we ran by beautiful fields and fancy houses, which helped keep my mind occupied. I wish I could say my stomach calmed down, but more so I learned to ignore it.

I felt good running and noticed I was averaging around 9:38 minute miles. Racing is so different than training. Despite hills and humidity (though the temperature was a fantastic 60ish degrees), my mind stayed busy watching the scenery and listening in on conversations of those running beside me.

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- halfway

Before I knew it, I was 3 miles in and was still feeling good! It didn’t hurt that I had my own cheering team.  David, mom and Hailey somehow found the halfway point and gave me a needed boost of energy!

After another mile I noticed I was still averaging under 10 minute miles. Who am I? This was awesome.

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- mile 5

Finally, I saw the 5 mile sign and it dawned on me that there was a possibility I could finish in under an hour, a goal that never even occurred to me was possible. I decided I had to do it.

That last 1.2 miles was brutal. I ran hard, I hurt. I kept reminding myself that no matter how uncomfortable I was, I felt a lot better than I did one year ago on that day. It didn’t help that we ended on an uphill. At that point, my legs were numb, my lungs hurt, my lower back was cramping, but I finally saw the clock at the finish line and a rush of adrenaline shot through me. I ran, and I crossed the finish line under the 60 minute mark!

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- crossing the finish

I heard my family cheering my name and felt such a high! I also felt like I might collapse, so I kept going, right past the finish line and walked in circles, until I could breathe normally again.

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- shocked

I was so shocked, so excited and couldn’t wait to give my birthday girl a giant hug!

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- hailey at finish

Then, we snapped pictures!

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- family at the finish

We found Christie and Riley, who placed 3rd in the 5k!

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- chritie and me

And Kris placed 3rd in his division in the 10k!

Davidson Run for the Green 10k 2012- speed racers

So proud of them!

So how did I do?

My official chip time was 58:44; my gun time was 59:03. I was 5th place out of the 11 in my division and 59th out of the 133 females total. My turn around time was 32:31, which proves that I decided to really push myself that second half!

All in all, I’m so pumped that I did it. I felt strong and surprisingly my legs only felt slightly sore the next day.

So now my only question is… what next?

David and I are thinking the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston!

Any other 10k suggestions?



  1. says

    Congrats on your new accomplishment! That’s so awesome! I’m considering the cooper river bridge too! A lot of my friends have done it, even some that aren’t runners at all, and I always hear such great things about it!

  2. says

    Congrats! That is amazing that you finished in under an hour. Way to go!

    I was a bit slower (1:13:27) but I survived! Can’t wait to train and run the next one.

    Looking forward to seeing pics of Hailey’s birthday!

  3. says

    What a fantastic race! So proud of you!

    I love the photo of Hailey! Such a great idea having a photographer there – much easier than trying to capture the moments yourself!

  4. says

    You are amazing, momma! Not only did you rock it so hard, but you proved to yourself that you still have that warrior strength in you. I think a butt kicking race should be a tradition on Hailey’s birthday.

  5. says

    great job brittany! i’m so excited for you and your awesome sub-1 hour 10K finish. this is my favorite time of the year to do races. amazing weather!

  6. Terry says

    Congratulations Brittany. You’re truly an inspiration. I’m 51 years old and just completed my first 5-K (39.32 minutes). I’d like to work towards a 10K. We have a great one here in Vancouver called the Sun Run. Usually over 50,000 people participate (I believe it’s the largest in North America). Save your pennies and come on up and join me in April 2013!

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