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Ran my first 10K race today!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Well, I ran my first 10K at 8:10 a.m. today. This was the Summer Breeze race in San Leandro, CA at Marina Park. It was the perfect morning for a race. The temperature at that hour was about 57 degrees. There were many runners since in addition to the 10K, there was a 5K, and a half marathon.

To train for the race, I was using the Galloway training for a 10K method which entails running for a period of time, and walking for a period of time. I was training at a run/walk of 2:1. However, during the race, I started out slow and kept up my pace by following three people in front of me who never once varied their speed. I only stopped for water three times and for never more than 10 seconds. I was surprised at my endurance. This is me, I thought, running a 10K and itís not that difficult.

At the last mile, however, my legs began to feel very heavy, so I used a device that serves me well when I feel Iím losing ground and weakening. I pictured all of my ancestors standing behind me and clapping as if I were a champion. Then I imagined them exhaling a current of air to push me along. It did the trick. I picked up my pace, feeling as if my legs were inflated with more muscle power than they actually possess. Before I knew it, I was only ľ mile away from the finish line. And then, I was past the finish line, and my best friend was standing there yelling out my name and taking this photo.

Thanks, Regina. You're the best.

This is my race results: 1:05:10

Another goal accomplished. Now to train for the half marathon ...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAPHNE_RUNS 8/28/2011 12:31PM

    Congrats on your finish. That is a great time. The key to running races it to find your pace and run want to save a little "kick" for the end. And you did.

Thanks for sharing.

Daphne emoticon

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GRATEFULBOB 8/28/2011 11:21AM

    way to go. great time, next spring is my goal for 10k hope i can do as well as you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZARLOT 8/28/2011 10:57AM

    Wow, that's amazing. By the way, you look so good, so thin in that picture. Congratulations!!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/28/2011 7:58AM

    That is how to run for fun. Amazing power and strength. Thank you for sharing and giving newbies hope.

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KKINNEA 8/28/2011 6:36AM

    Great time on your race. I love your imaging technique!

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SPEEDYDOG 8/28/2011 5:01AM

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great race and you got a cool medal. Well done! 1:05 is a great time.


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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 8/27/2011 11:24PM

    That is awesome time!! Great job. I love your mental image of your family helping you along. That is really something special.

Good luck on your HM!

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NMMAMA2011 8/27/2011 10:57PM

    YOU ARE SO AWESOME! You look very proud in the picture and you sure should be. You had a great time. I also love your visualization to get you to the finish line. emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 8/27/2011 9:21PM

    That's a great 10k time!! Congratulations on a race well done.

I like your strategy for pressing ahead when you get tired. What a great idea!

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