Monday, June 09, 2014
There was a point last fall where I signed up for a 10K and a 5K. One in November, one in December.
I paid for both.
And I didn't run either.
I assumed I was over running, that the fun I had with it was over.
And then, on a whim, I signed up for a 5K on March 23. It was the "Runway Runaway" in Stafford. It was 3.1 miles of just flat airport runway. That couldn't be too bad, right? I finished that 5K in 39:05. It was my first sub-40-minute 5K. I remember thinking, "Wow, this is awesome. I just PR'd and I haven't really RUN in months ..."
That was my reintroduction back into running. I've fallen in love all over again, my friends.
Since then I've run:
Color in Motion 5K - 37:05 time (another PR!)
FoamFest 5K - (I did every obstacle and kept up with my boyfriend, even!)
Marine Corps Historic 10K - 1:25:05 (yet another PR!) not to mention I met my goal of running the entire thing!
It's only two 5Ks and a 10K, but man, did those runs ever leave me wanting more!!! :)
Then there was yesterday.
On an impulse back in March, after that 5K run, my friend Sam invited me to sign up for a half marathon with her. She had already signed up for the North Face Endurance Challenge in DC, which is actually a race series weekend (5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, marathon relay, 50K and 50 miler!!! Holy crap ...). So, being who I am ... I signed up too.
Now, I will say this - we didn't read very closely.
It was a half marathon ... entirely on trail.
At first we were like, "Well how much different could it be? It isn't going to be THAT bad!"
Well, it was.
Now when I say the generic "bad" what I mean was it was hard. Lordy was it hard! But I have never felt more accomplished than I do today.
Sam and I finished.
Even though our training slacked the past few weeks, we managed to conquer it.
It was not easy, nor was it something I would immediately run to doing again (on the trail, anyway).
But it is easily one of the greatest accomplishments I've ever tackled and succeeded in.
Granted, I was sixth to last in the overall race (finished in 04:00:36), BUT I finished and it gives me a new goal to work toward.
We are going to do the Rock N' Roll Half in Virginia Beach this August ... I already feel way better about that than I did running 13.1 on a trail, haha.
But this is such a great feeling ... I guess you could say my mind is blown at the fact that I set a goal and already accomplished it halfway through the year! :) It's only up from here, my friends!