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 it’s 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 I’m 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 ¼ 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 ...
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