This year, I was ready. I ran the 10k.
It was awesome.
The gal smiling on my (left) right is a friend from way back in jr high. This was her first 10k. It has been fun seeing her run at events!
The weather was not awesome. It was rainy and cold and I didn't want to run in it. But, I really wanted to do this run so I tried to ignore the wet cold blah.
We started faster than I have ever started. I decided I didn't care if I was last, but I did want to try to stay with a pack of people at least. I did that. I didn't take pictures because I was really focused on not stopping at all and running the entire time and getting a faster time than my last 10k (69 minutes).
I followed this gal the entire run and towards the end she started slowing. I pulled up next to her and begged her to keep up the pace so we would make it there. She obliged, bless her heart. It was so fun to run in and hear them announce my name as I finished! That was an awesome feeling (and I didn't expect to like that, but I did).
Best part, check out my time:
And look! I got a sweet medal too!
It was a really fun (and soggy) run. I'm very happy I did it.
Of course, after running over 6 miles at that pace, I decided I have been coddling myself when I run outside lately. So, this morning I went for my run and did my usual 5k loop. This time I pushed myself a bit. I didn't try to run my fastest, but I tried to run faster.
I did 3 miles in about 31 minutes and the 5k in 32 minutes! One of my miles was even 9:57! For me, that is fantastic! I may end up being a little slower than molasses someday!
Okay, runner friends (and friends who aren't runners... yet), next year, plan on doing the Heart and Sole with me. You can do the 5k or the 10k and it will be great.