My running adventures are continuing! They aren’t fast…I wouldn’t even say they are pretty…but I am getting it done! This past Sunday I survived 10 miles and I was able to check another item off my bucket list! 10 MILES COMPLETE! Thank you to the Frederick Rescue Mission for hosting a great event: The Mission 10 Miler.
During my time running 10 miles…I definitely had some thoughts 🙂 …so I thought I would share them with you!
I was really nervous going into this race.
My training had not gone exactly to plan. The weather had not cooperated over the past few months, I fell a few times, and I was nursing a hip/SI joint that just wasn’t happy. The longest run I had been able to get in before this race was a 7-mile jaunt that actually went pretty well the week before. But how was I to account for the other 3 miles? I kind of just decided to wing it…not the best plan…but I knew if I could run 7 miles, adding the last 3 wouldn’t be too bad.
The night before, I laid out everything I needed so I didn’t have too much stress in the morning. Everything started at 8:00 am so I needed to be up bright and early!
I even laid out my “flat runner.” I was really feeling that tank top I wore from Old Navy. It said “She who dares. She who persists. She who shines.” That pretty much summed up my training for this race and was perfect for me to wear the day of!
The next day I got to the venue, made sure I had everything I needed, and saw this beauty…
Nothing warms the soul more like free coffee 🙂
Then, we did a short pre-race warm up…and off we went!
Thoughts During the Race!
During the race, I tried to think of nothing other than just getting the thing done. The whole thing really was a blur…but there are three things that stick out in my mind.
1 – Mile 3: “I shouldn’t have drank that coffee…I really need to go to the bathroom.” I had even made a stop at the good ol’ port-o-pot before we started. But – no, no – my body didn’t need to go then. Instead, it needed to go RIGHT NOW! Luckily, there were facilities along the way that saved me!
2 – Mile 4.5: “Why am I doing this?” At this point, I realized I still had half a race to run. I was not happy about that. Luckily, I had a friend that met me at the halfway/5 mile point (THANKS KATHY!!) and helped me get my brain back together!
3 – Mile 9: “Who put these hills here?” This race was an “out and back” style so basically, you ran out 5 miles and came back the same way. You can see it here:
I realized there were rolling hills in those first few miles, but I think the initial excitement got me through them on the way out. But, on the way back though…when you are pretty much DONE…those hills were ***excuse my French*** a Bitch!
Thoughts After the Race!
After the race was over and I was able to relax I was really happy that I did it. I knew I could do it! I had to mentally push myself…but in the end, the race turned out great! I didn’t set a personal record, I wasn’t even close to having a “fast” pace…but honestly none of that matters. I feel great just because I did it! I presented myself with a challenge, I trained for it, I did the best I could, and I finished the thing!
It’s really interesting when you do something you never thought you could do…proving yourself wrong is a pretty interesting feeling 🙂
What challenges have you set for yourself lately? How did the challenges turn out? I would love to hear about them!