So, this weekend, I ran, and completed, my first 10K.
In July, I finally met my goal of running a 5K in 2013, and asked myself, what next? And, I decided to kick it up a notch, and gave myself more than enough time to train. Well, then I ran in to a few setbacks again (thanks for my marathon jubilation for my male BFF) and, well, I was ready for this, but not as ready as I wanted to be.
But, race day still came.
And it was hard. Yes, TWSS, but I’m not kidding. It was extremely difficult. Call it non-traditional carbo loading, call it not enough water, but I just could not get in a groove, which made 6.1 miles….long.
There were times my legs ached, I couldn’t breathe, felt dizzy, wanted to throw up, or just wanted to cry because I kept thinking, “I JUST WANT THIS TO BE OVER.” And when I crossed the finish line, I threw my hands up in joy because I was done (the photo should be interesting).
Sometimes, it’s hard not to compare myself to other runners. I wish I was that person that could start running and within a month, I’m at a 9 minute mile. But, that’s not my story. I’m not about speed, I’m about endurance, and distance.
And now, I’ve logged 6. 1 miles.
Official time: 1 hour, 11 minutes, 1 second. 11:28 pace.
Given that I totally fell apart in the last mile (and felt like shit), I was STUNNED by my time. This is 5-7 seconds faster per mile than I’ve paced in my last two 5K’s and this was double the distance.
And I got a pretty sweet medal, which I wore so proudly. While my male BFF and I were on our way home, tourists came up to congratulate us and it was…a really cool feeling.
So, what’s next (again?) Right now, a little break, and then back at it. I’m going to keep on the 10K training for now and feel more secure with the 4-6 mile distance. And then it’s time to start planning for the next race and possibly, a half marathon.
And on a sappy note, a big thank you to my friends and family who have been so supportive, wishing me luck Friday/Saturday, texting and checking in on how it went, and for two special friends who came down to surprise me pre- and post-race with signs!! I am one sore, happy and tired lady :)