Well, the day of the 10-K is almost here! I am so excited! It is crazy to think back to October when I couldn't even run halfway down my street without getting a major cramp in my side and having to stop. All of this hard work has been rewarding. Running has helped me be more disciplined as well as to lose a few pounds.
But running isn't an easy sport. I found that the breathing came pretty easy and I don't usually get too sore - what's hard is the mental side of it. I know that I can run 5 miles and that I have already run 6 miles once, but it is still hard the first 1-2 miles. I always think "this is crazy - why am I doing this?" It seems that I can never get into a good groove until I have gone a couple of miles. But I know that if I just push through the funkiness, I will feel good in the end.
Despite the hard starts, it's nice to have that time alone listening to music on my IPOD. Some of my favorite music is David Crowder Band, mostly his fast songs. (Although I do need to find some more songs because I keep hearing the same old music...)
Brian has been training right along with me each week, although we run on different days so someone is at home with the kids. When my parents were in town a couple of weeks ago, we were able to run together on those mornings and that was fun. I could tell my pace was a little slower than Brian's (I like to pace myself to make sure I don't run out of steam) but he stayed with me the entire time. We also did our 6-mile run together a week and a half ago. It's nice to know going into the race that I can do 6 miles, that makes the mental aspect much easier.
I have a couple goals for Saturday. One is to do the entire race without stopping. The second is to do the race in 1:10 or better. I have been doing about an 11-minute mile on my neighborhood (hilly) route and about a 10-minute mile on the flatter route. So I hope to maintain that same pace on Saturday. We will see how it goes. (I know that is a slow time compared to some people, but considering I had an almost 15-minute mile pace back in January, I think I've come a long way)!
I'll let you know how it goes!