We have to start somewhere…..

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”.

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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/

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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!!

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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.)

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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!

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Wish me luck 🙂

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