Tomorrow is going to be a big day for me. I will be running in my very first 10K road race! I have run a number of 5K’s over the past few years and honestly I was starting to feel complacent about them. To that end I noticed my time/pace was getting progressively slower. I decided I needed to challenge myself with a longer distance so I took the plunge and signed up for the “Amica Iron Horse 10K”.
This is how I started running, by signing up for a 5K then telling everyone I knew so that I would remain accountable. It worked! I used the ‘Couch to 5K’ plan which I highly recommend if you are just getting started. http://www.c25k.com/
For the 10K I figured I had a good base and designed a training plan myself. I did not account for coming down with what I can only describe as a cold with a side of flu last month. Getting sick totally derailed me. I thought I would be going into Sunday’s race having one or two 6 mile runs under my belt. Instead, the longest distance I have covered to date is 5.2 miles. Yikes!!
Last week I increased my distance from 4.3 to 5.2 miles and felt great. I now know that I can make the one mile increase to reach 6.2 but doing it under race conditions is daunting. (Daunting is one of my favorite words, get used to it.)
My goal is to finish. If I come in under 75 minutes I will be happy, under 70 minutes I will be thrilled! No matter what, this being my first official 10K race, as long as I cross the finish line it will be a personal record (PR). I will be sure to tell you all about it!
Wish me luck 🙂