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Thursday, March 1, 2012

A First Time For Everything

Well, I've done it.  I've signed up for my first 10k.  Eek! 

A few weeks ago, I wrote this post.  I was sad because I wasn't going to be able to run the 10k that I'd wanted to run.  This past Sunday, though, I went on my first run in weeks.  Tuesday I ran much longer than I'd expected.  I looked at my times, and I evaluated how I felt, and last night I finally did it.  I signed up for the Monument Avenue 10k.

I am terrified.  I was close to doing a 10k last fall, but I never made it.  Now, I'm planning on running a 10k in four and a half weeks, and I'm only currently running a 5k distance.  Not only that, I had to choose which wave I could be in.  I could be in a runner's wave and estimate that I'd finish in 66-70 minutes, or I could allow myself some leeway, enter a jogger's wave and estimate that I'd finish in 70-75 minutes.  My current 5k time would estimate that I'd finish in 70-71 minutes, but my times last fall were a little faster.  Guess which wave I entered.  That's right, the runner's wave in 66-70 minutes.  I may not be fast, but I am determined.  Luckily, today's run had my average pace at 6:57 / km.  If I can keep that up for a 10k, then I'll be fine.

All that said, Hans did say one thing to me today that made me smile.  He said, "If I had told you that 9 months ago that you'd soon be running a 5k every other day, what would you have said?"  Obviously I would have laughed and thought that was something I could only dream of.  So, yeah.  I'm pretty happy about that.

4 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! I will hopefully see you out there :) Let me know if you ever need or want a running buddy. Brittany!

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    1. Brittany, I would love a running buddy some time. Let's see how this 10k goes first, though.

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