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One-year anniversary of my first 10k

Monday, April 04, 2011

Saturday was the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond. I ran it last year; it was the first (and only) 10k I ever ran. It is such a fun race!! I ran with my husband and brother-in-

Ironically, we were all in Richmond this past weekend for another reason (celebrating my father-in-law's retirement) but did not run the race. It was kind of bittersweet for the three of us to be there and not run. My MIL asked if we wanted to go watch the runners. None of us did.

My BIL tore his ACL last year shortly after the race, and although he has since recovered and has been running a bit here and there, he says he is not ready for a 10k. My husband also has not been running much lately. As for me - I get on the treadmill every once in a while and can usually make it about 10 minutes at a time before wanting to stop. Last week I read Coach Nicole's post on the DailySpark about her first half marathon. (

Right now I feel the same way about running as she did when she started out. It's hard, and it's boring. Interestingly, the fact that it's hard is what makes me want to do it. Running is truly what helps me take those pounds off. It taxes my body like no other exercise I do. I can FEEL that I got a good workout when I run. As for the boring...well, I don't know. I am such a social exerciser. I enjoyed the 10k race because there were so many people there running by my side. I don't have to actually talk to anyone when I am running (in fact I prefer not to since it's not easy to breathe anyway) but the fact that others are running allows me to people watch to take my mind off the fact that I can barely breathe and it helps me pace myself.

It seemed like Saturday was a big day for races. Not only was there the race in Richmond, but I kept seeing posts on Facebook of people running 10Ks in various cities. It made me get that itch to run again. I want to do another 10k, and I do not want another year to go by in between. (I did also run a 5K in June, so thankfully it hasn't quite been a year since my last race.) I want to eventually run a half marathon (not sure about a marathon). I want to overcome my feelings about running and truly LOVE it. It took Coach Nicole a year of running regularly before she actually enjoyed it. Maybe that is what it will take for me.

I think my problem is consistency. I go through a phase where I do a lot of running because I set a goal:C25K, a 10K, 1 5K. When I do not have a goal, I stop concentrating on running and do other forms of exercise. Then my body kind of "forgets" and I have to retrain it. Maybe it's time to do the C25K over again. Does anyone know of a C25K podcast with GOOD music? The one I used years ago (Robert Ulrey) had horrid music. :)
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    How about your own music and a watch? That's what I do. Corky and I ran 3K on Sunday. OK... I ran half of it and then had to walk/run the rest because of icy sidewalks. Then we walked another 3K. I am HURTING. My body is very forgetful. I'm entered for a 3K on May 9 and The Calgary half is at the end of May but I may reduce it to a 10 or even 5K. Pain isn't fun.

    Wanna do the Rock and Roll in Vegas in December? I need a roommate.

    2514 days ago
  • KELLEY1010
    Consistency or lack there of is also my problem too. It os good to know that I am not alone in this!! Thanks!!
    2515 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    I haven't ever done the C25K. I kept starting it, but I would always lose interest pretty quickly. I think it's because I have zero desire to actually do any races. The only ones I've seen start so early in the morning. I actually saw one once that didn't start until 10 pm. That's way too late! Come on, where's the lazy girl's race? Let's start at noon! ;)
    2515 days ago
    Maybe it is time to do the C25K over. I'm using the iPhone App because I couldn't get with the Robert Ullrey music either. You could try this one out:
    2515 days ago
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