Today I ran in a 5K (3.2 miles) race with Ralph and 2 members of a local running team. The course was very hilly, which I was not expecting and I didn't make it in the time I wanted, but at least it was good practice for the Pocono marathon. After the 5K, we took a few minutes break and then headed back out for a 7 mile cool down - lol. Yes, I did said 7 miles.
The 5K was tough, but that was because my watch decided to take forever to get signal and I didn't know what pace I was running at, so aside from the race starting on an uphill, I also started too fast and wound up being winded for most of the race. But I did finish in 30 minutes so that made me happy.
All though the pace was a challenge because I ran the 10 miles at my race pace, it was pretty comfortable. Running with other people was definitely a plus. It was a great distraction and made the time go by fast. I was able to hold a conversation, which is a good sign. Towards the end, I was starting to feel some stiffness in my knees and my ankles, but nothing I couldn't push through.
Today was an accomplishment. Not because I ran 10 miles because I've done that before, but because I ran 7 of them without stopping once.
Next week I'll be running the More/Fitness Half Marathon in NY. It's a women's only race and should be loads of fun. I can't wait for that one. Before you know it, May 16 will be here and I will be running my first marathon...amazing.
It's not impossible. It'sjust a matter of getting up and going. Once you do, you'll be glad you did.
Have a great weekend.