Who has two thumbs and just completed her first unofficial 10k? This Girl!


April 1, 2012 by CJ

10k done! I can barely believe it myself. Up until today my longest distance was a little over 4 miles. This was the longest my body has ever been in a running stance. While #2 on my list is not officially completed. I did not complete an official 10k. That’s not for another few weeks. This run was based on my trusty iPhone and Nike+ running app. But after my run this morning I feel more energized than ever and I’m looking forward to my first 10k race.

I had a plan. I purchased a fuel belt (I read if you were going to be running for over an hour you should refuel).

My nifty fuel belt

I filled 1 container with coconut water and the other with water, I also put a couple of power gels in the pouch. I recalled reading a post from Blonde Bostonian (fantastic, and very informative blog) where she suggested trying out your energy gels and such before race day. Some may think running 6 miles would not require someone to refuel. Maybe not for those who run sub 10min/mile, but I am more of a 14 min/mile person and 6 miles = over 1 hour of running.

Back to my plan, I decided to run 4 minutes and walk 1 minute. In the past, that interval has worked well for me. I woke bright and early and had my usual pre-run breakfast, spoonful of peanut butter and half a container of coconut water (the other half went into one of the containers on my fuel belt). Then I was off.

The first 2 miles were tough. I couldn’t get my breathing right, my legs felt heavy, and as soon as I got into a rhythm, it was time to stop and walk. I was getting frustrated. In order to stay with my plan, I had to keep checking my time. This forced me to see my pace and despite “embracing my 14min/mile”, I was left feeling sluggish and offbeat.  As I slowed to a walk, I remembered some of the comments I received last time I was feeling down and wrote about my frustrations. Forcing myself to stick with the 4:1 interval was taking the joy out of my run. Taking a note from Will Run For Glitter (another fantastic and thoroughly inspirational blog), I decided to take a few pictures of my route. I figured it would help alleviate the tension and stress I was putting on myself.  While my pictures don’t compare to hers, this is where I run.

Not exactly Central Park...

..but it does have that "suburban beauty" going for it

   As I ran, took pictures and ran some more, I realized I was enjoying myself.  I stopped worrying about my time or pace.  I ran until I felt I needed to stop.  I walked until I felt the need to run.  Before I knew it, I was at my halfway point.

All downhill from here! YAY!!

   I eventually ran 6.23 miles.  It took me 1:37:25.  Longer than I had originally planned, but with the stopping, walking and picture-taking I can’t complain.  Next week 7 miles is scheduled.  6 miles once seemed impossible, 7 sounds like fun!

13 thoughts on “Who has two thumbs and just completed her first unofficial 10k? This Girl!

  1. Woooooo! Amazing job. Congratulations on your first 10K! I just did mine this weekend too, so I know exactly how you feel. 🙂 Isn’t it funny how it seemed SO daunting and now you’re thinking, hmmm, maybe I can go farther?! Congrats again. I am so thrilled you liked it. Bring on the race!!

    • CJ says:

      Yippee and congrats to you too! I feel crazy to be looking forward to going farther when only a few days ago the thought of going 6 miles seemed impossible. Is there a half marathon in your future??

      • Thanks! I understand that crazy feeling! There is a half in my future, in August in fact. I’m freaked out and excited at the same time. I guess I’ll have to actually train for that one. 🙂

      • CJ says:

        August!! WOW good for you. I recently talked my husband into signing up for the Disney Wine and Dine half. I can’t think about it yet. Maybe once I get through my other races. Good luck! Can’t wait to read about it.

      • Awesome!! I met up with a reader who mentioned that run to me (she is going) and said I should do it. We’re definitely looking into it. 🙂

  2. Awesome! You must feel so accomplished 🙂

  3. Anya says:

    Congrats! What an accomplishment!

    • CJ says:

      Thank you! I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to move this morning and while I’m a little stiff I am still riding the high of the run. Thanks for reading!

  4. slowrunnings says:

    Awesome! And nothing gives you more confidence is a race than knowing that you CAN actually run that far! Keep it up!

  5. SAHMmelier says:

    Congratulations! I would love to do that some day. I’ll start with a 5 k first!

  6. […] weeks ago, I wrote about running my first unofficial 10k.  I was supposed to run 7 miles the following week.  I didn’t.  I was in a funk (future […]

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