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My first 10K


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last Saturday I walked/jogged my 1st 10K. I am slow, so my goal was to do it in under 2 hours. In training, I had done the distance but at a slower pace, however I know that on an official run, I go faster. My son & daughter-in-law did a 1/2 marathon so we were running at the same time although they started 1/2 hour earlier.
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I had my plan...start with a brisk 1 min. walk then a 4 min. jog...repeat. Well, everyone else started with a brisk jog & I yielded to peer pressure & started jogging. Of course, I tired too quickly & there was still 5 1/2 miles to go. Back to the plan...walk...jog...walk...jog
. There was also a 2 mile run so for the first mile there were plenty of people on the course.
At the first mile the course turned a corner then about 1/4 mile further there was another turn. I made that first turn & there were no other runners ahead of me! That was such a lonely feeling, everyone else was fast enough that I could no longer see them...I was all alone...I wanted to turn around! Then I realized that there were a couple walkers behind me, so I kept going. Around the next turn & I could see other runners again. In fact, I passed my DS & DIL as they were on the return stretch.
I will admit, I had a mental battle going on. Did a mention that it was raining...just a drizzle but enough to soak through the clothes. At least the air temperture was okay, so it wasn't cold. But back to the mental battle. The 10K is a challenge for me, so I keep telling myself that I could turn around at any point & head back. As I got tired, I seriously considered turning around & not completing the run, but at the 2 mile marker I checked my time & I was doing an okay speed. So on to the 3 mile marker & the turn around point.
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I'm jogging along & I realize that one of the walkers is catching up. A WALKER is going to pass me...that's just not fair. As he catches up, we start the usual little chit-chat. He is walking as therapy for an injured back & we continue the run together. His wife & daughter are further back...walking the 10K as a PE make-up for the daughter. I have not tried to find a jogging partner...I'm too slow, so this was a new experience to have someone alongside encouraging me on. This gentleman became my pace setter. (He said I was going at a good pace for him too!)
This 10K was one of the best runs ever. Even tho my DS & DIL were running a longer course, we were still having the experience together (we finished within minutes of each other). I had a pace-setter & encourager that helped me complete the run & not give up. AND, I finished in 1 hour 40 minutes...20 minutes faster than my goal!
Maybe I will try another 10K.
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INSHAPE2011 7/11/2012 12:50PM

    What a great great story!! Well done, Molly... for winning the mental battle, for not giving up, for making 10K, for making 10k in 1 hour and 40 min, for having fun and thank you for sharing!

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PENNEYV 6/21/2012 10:53AM

    emoticon I think that it iawesome that you even tried a 10K. These
" runs" can be habit forming. Great job! A partner does make the entire distance go better. emoticon

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SKUNKY4 6/20/2012 8:02AM

    emoticon accomplishment. You did it! emoticon
The hardest part of almost anything is the "Battle in the Mind". Very proud of you for not giving up. I see you going on to bigger and better things.

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WILDFLOWERR_ 6/20/2012 1:04AM

    That is emoticon emoticon emoticon
The same thing happened to me at a 5K race. It was a woman, and we became each others "Angels!" emoticon
Blessings,
Donna
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KADULAC 6/20/2012 12:24AM

    That is great!! Congratulations. I'm so proud of you for sticking it out and finishing it.

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_RACHEL 6/19/2012 12:05PM

    Molly! Molly! I am so proud of you!!!! You did it and....... 20 minutes faster than what you had plan?! Now that is impressive!!! Great job! Walking and running is a great way to do races!!! Just ask "Jeff Galloway", famous for the "run walk method" He was a runner, before running became popular! His website is http://jeffgalloway.com/index.html I have a few of his books if you wish to borrow them but it looks as though you are doing just fine without! Congratulations!!! emoticon

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MSCHIEF18TH 6/19/2012 11:51AM

    Congratulations on NOT giving up and continuing to move forward even though what was behind you seemed to be the easier route! Congratulations on finishing too!!!! wooo hoooo!!!

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