My first 10k is done!

I had my first 10k on Sunday. It was put on by the Boston Fire Dept. Local 718 union.  The race started down the street from Florian Hall in Dorchester. The course took us out to UMass-Boston and around their campus and back to Florian Hall. It was very windy and very cold. I struggled thru most of the race. I think I was a bit cocky after the success of the 5 mile run. My legs and feet were bugging me, I didn’t really get into any kind of decent groove until the 2nd half of the race and even that wasn’t great. I did however beat my goal which was an hour. I finished in 58:56. The last mile I think I got passed by about 100 different women, which were probably all named, Meghan, Maura or Shannon. My friend Todd and I laugh about someone’s face being the Map of Ireland, that’s all this race was. 

Ryan ran with me and I have to thank him, if it wasn’t for him, I may not have made it. As were running into the campus, I was hating life. The wind was whipping off the harbor, my legs were hurting. I couldn’t let him get away from me though. He stuck with me until about the 7th km and then pulled away. It was funny, as he was running away, I felt like I was doing better then, but Ryan kept getting further away from me. 🙂

The party afterwards was a good time. They had a great Irish band, Fenian Sons. They were playing all the standards, Whiskey in the Jar, etc. They had free drafts from the local Bud distributor. We could only stay for two though, it was too damn windy and cold hanging out in the parking lot, even after putting our sweats back on after the race.

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