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Another 10K on the hill - I'm making progress

Friday, March 30, 2012

It rained during the night, and it was only 7 oC (45 oF) and very windy.
I had decided to do my long run today, because DH promised he would bike with me on Sunday.
I was rather tired from yesterday's work (big excel sheet time again), and bad sleep, so I didn't feel like going at all, but I know from experience that running always makes me feel better.

Good decision: the run was fun, and gave me a NSV too: first time ever I ran up the steepest part all the way - I always had to walk 1-2 minutes here.
After that part all the other inclines felt easy, and I finished 10K in 65:30, at a 10.5 min/mile pace. As opposed to my last 10K in 20 oC (68 oF), this time I was not thirsty or dehydrated at all.

This was my fifth 10K, and now I got used to this distance.
I didn't get tired, could do my 20 minute upper body exercise too before breakfast, and there isn't any soreness in my feet.

When I first read The Spark in June, I though the examples of people who never ran before and became marathon runners are exceptional. I don't think so now.

Six month ago, when I started the 5K Your Way program,
the Week 1 program (walk 1 minute, then jog for 3 minutes, repeat 7 more times) was exhausting, and my entire body was so sore the next morning I could hardly get up.
But somewhere during Week 2 the soreness ceased, and after Week 3 I was able to run 35 minutes, just as the program said. I was slow and the Exercise Tracker recognized my locomotion as Walking for several weeks after that, but it was running anyway.

And now - a 10K is just part of my exercise routine.
A marathon, even a half marathon is several months away, but doesn't seem impossible anymore.
I'm happy I didn't give up at the start, because running became my favorite exercise.
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    710 days ago
    That is great!

    I think, if you do regularly 10K, 15K or 20K wouldn't be a problem for you.

    For me it wasn't, I just don't run that long because of the time. Last time I tried a 22K, it was not difficult at all, but I didn't do for months now. And for longer distances I read everywhere that I really need some good new shoes!

    And congratulations on your progress!
    2172 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2012 4:14:27 PM
  • SHARON10002
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    Look back at all you have accomplished! Truly amazing!
    2177 days ago
    I agree with just about everything you said. I love running and training for my first half-marathon in September and it seems the way I'm going the possibility of running a full marathon in view.

    I enjoy how I feel after exercising now even if it gets difficult at times during the run.

    WTG on the 10Ks.
    2177 days ago
    I just realized from reading this blog entry that we both started running at about the same time and at about the same ability level. Like you I was happily surprised to find how quickly running became recreation and the goal of running marathons became realistic. I bet we will both have achieved it by the end of 2012.
    2177 days ago
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    2178 days ago
    That's great! I can hardly wait to be having that kind of fun again, too.
    2178 days ago
    This is a great blog! Congratulations on your NSV and for completing a hilly 10K in that amount of time. I'd be thrilled to finish a flat 10K in that amount of time! I'm glad you mentioned the part about the SP tracker labeling your runs as "walking" in the beginnning. I'm still at that point.
    What kind of foot problems did you have in the beginning? For the past several days (week?), the arch of my left foot has really been bothering me. I can't figure out if I should back off a little, back of completely, or keep on going. It's frustrating.
    Have fun biking with DH on Sunday!
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    2178 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    That's fabulous... congratulations!
    2178 days ago
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