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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
    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!
    2141 days ago
    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
    2161 days ago
    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.
    2163 days ago
    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
    2163 days ago
    That is great!! Congratulations. I'm so proud of you for sticking it out and finishing it.
    2163 days ago
    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 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
    2163 days ago
    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!!!
    2163 days ago
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