Back from a long hiatus of uninspired blogging, I finally found something I believe is blog worthy…
I finished my first ever 10K on Sunday. Jeanne, Dana and I ran in the Florida Hospital 10K in Celebration. I had often attended these running events as a supporting friend or family member when my dad has run his marathons or Paige has run her half marathons.
This time, I attended as a runner, which was a huge accomplishment to me. If you told me 4 months ago I would be running a 10K, I would have laughed in your face. (And if you know me, you know that’s true…;)
In preparation for this 10K, Jeanne and I had been following Hal Higdon’s Novice 10K training program, although we modified it to suit our needs. For instance, I was not cool with following a training schedule that didn’t even have me run 6 miles at ALL prior to the race, so we definitely incorporated that into the schedule. Also, the second to last week–supposedly the most rigorous week in which you’re supposed to push yourself–I ran 6 miles on Sunday, 5 on Tuesday, then approximately 6 miles again in Seattle. Also, I know averaging 11 minute miles is really slow, but my main goal in running this was to simply run from start to finish without stopping. I think now that I’ve finished a 10K, if I ever do one again, I would work harder at improving my time.
I discovered a few things while training that last week.
-First of all, I LOVE running in the cold. When we had that cold snap in central Florida on Tuesday morning, I feel like I could run forever. That theory was further confirmed when we went running in Seattle. I don’t know why, but I feel much better running in 50 degrees, or even upper 40s as opposed to upper 70s or lower 80s. That Sunday I ran with Jeanne, I had a ROUGH time, mostly because a) I’m not used to running around lots of cars and traffic b)The sun was beating down and there was no shade c) I was not familiar with the route. It’s so interesting how so many factors play into whether or not you have a good run.
Running Seattle was by far the best experience for me. Jeanne and I ran a trail that runs next to the University of Washington campus. The first couple of miles were lovely, running on a trail with a canopy of yellow and red autumn leaves over us. Then the trail took us by the river and under some cool footbridges. The route was incredibly scenic and I had Death Cab for a Cutie’s “Plans” to keep me pumping for nearly an hour. Good memories of running in Seattle:)
-Also, I discovered DURING the race that I actually can run and talk at the same time. Whenever Jeanne and I have run together, we both put on our iPod headphones and barely talk to each other, except for pointing out something funny every now and then. Also, Jeanne likes to run like Dwight from the Office occasionally, which always makes for good entertainment.
Dana joined us for the 10K, and she is a huge proponent of talking. I found that although it was difficult to sustain talking toward the end of the race, it made the first 3-4 miles incredibly enjoyable. I didn’t need to use my headphones for the entire race. And now I have a new friend:)
-I was intrigued by the competitive speed walking which sounds as legit as Olympic curling, but I was further shamed when a few overzealous competitive speed walkers actually PASSED us, we who were running. So I stand corrected.
-I had hoped somebody would have shot a gun into the sky to start the race. That was my wish. Sadly, that did not happen.
-Also, I wore my lucky pants. They haven’t failed me yet. See below:)