10K- Hooray!




Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe

I had a simple running goal for this year: I wanted to run an 8K before Eternal Winter returned.

Imagine my surprise when that turned out to be pretty easy for me. Well, maybe not easy, but I got there faster than I thought I would. So I moved the goal posts for myself and decided to shoot for a 10K before the weather turns. It seemed like a lot, but I figured I could get there.

I was convinced I could do it if I applied myself hard enough. The past two weeks were difficult though.

First, I just wasn’t running often enough. Then, I hit a really challenging interval week. It took me three tries to finish week 10 day 1, and I continued to struggle with that week.

It felt really, really good yesterday morning to finish week 11 day 1 (run 17 mins, walk 1 x 3) on my first attempt.

It felt even better when I saw that my phone’s GPS and strava recorded my entire run this time- score!

The best feeling was when I saw the stats from that run:

  • Avg: 8:34 min miles (my pace was really all over the place, but still)
  • Total distance: 6.2 miles

Without even meaning to, I ran a 10K yesterday morning. I’ll do around the same distance tomorrow, and again on Thursday.

Suddenly, I have no idea how far I’ll be able to run before the temperatures plunge. (I’m undecided what my running goals are for winter. I don’t want to quit entirely, but… I really don’t like exerting myself when the temps are really low. Maybe we’ll have a mild winter this year! *)

This was the sunrise yesterday morning. I was so glad to see it!
This was the sunrise yesterday morning. I was so glad to see it!

It took a lot of time, effort, sweat, and tears to get me to yesterday’s run. I’m planning to re-tell and expand on the story of my first attempt at becoming a runner in 2013. I think it will be pretty surprising for newer readers.

For now, I want one more day to revel in this accomplishment. Then it’s time to see just how far I can go.

How about you? What’s your Monday Motivation?

*I crack myself up sometimes.


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