Two weeks ago, I saw a friend/coworker wearing an Army 10-miler shirt. I asked if he was planning to run, and he replied "I thought about it, but 10 miles is just too long." Without even thinking, I asked if he wanted to sell me his slot!
My longest run had been my 7 mile run a few weeks ago. 7 miles felt incredible, but my following training schedule should have only been around 8. But, I didn't care. I made up my mind to run the Army 10-Miler.
I told everyone I knew that I was going to run the race. I checked with all my "real runner" coworkers (crazy marathoners..) that I wouldn't be killing my training skipping from 7 to 10. The answer was always "just don't push too hard, consider it training, and you'll be fine." So, that's what I did.
I completed my APFT (Army physical fitness test) with a comfortable 2 mile run, did another run a few days after, and rested as much as possible while still entertaining a 10 month old the day before the race.
|Before the race|
Sunday, October 24th, I woke up around 5:45 and left Suburbia for a coworkers house at 6. I luckily found a few other friends/coworkers (when you're in the Army, you know a lot of people that like to run for hours and hours.. it's weird, I know) to start the race with. The gun sounded, and we headed off in the masses.
I can't say it felt great. I can't say I felt so motivated that I ran faster than normal. I can DEFINITELY not say that I felt so accomplished I want to sign up for a marathon. But, I can say that I completed a 10 mile run in under 2 hours. 1:56:55 to be exact. I walked 1 minute in between every mile and walked/stretched a little extra in mile 9 because - well, I was in a LOT of pain by then. And with over 2 months to go, I know I will be ready for my first half marathon.
|After the race|
Not really sure when I decided that I'm not just trying to run. Maybe it's all in my head. But, I'm officially a runner. I can run a 5k on a whim and go out for a nice "enjoyable" jog a few times a week.
Anyone interested in joining me for a Disney half marathon?
Thanks for stopping by!