This weekend was full of firsts.
Ok, that picture wasn’t a first of anything. It was just pretty. We drove over that bridge at just the right moment! But, there were other firsts…
My first bourbon drink since… college?
It just felt necessary to drink a Jack and ginger when watching the Dawgs (who beat Mizzou BTW- welcome to the SEC ) play football.
It was also the first cool morning of fall, so David, Hailey and I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and life planning outdoors. Does anyone else go over their 20 year plan at breakfast? We seem to be quite obsessed with it. Luckily Hailey had breakfast potatoes to entertain her.
It also was my first time running 5 miles. Ever.
That adorable face just about sums it up.
My first 10k is this coming Saturday. On Hailey’s birthday? Yes. Genius idea, Brittany. Let’s add the furthest distance you’ve ever run onto the stress of throwing a party. Oh well.
You might remember how I haven’t exactly trained well for this race. I should have tried a new training plan since quitting the Couch to 10k program, but instead I just kept wogging and making it up as I went. FInally, a couple weeks ago, I decided to step it up since I only had 3 weeks left. I kept up with my 2.5 milers, 2-3 times a week, then added in a “long” run on top of it.
First, it was 3 miles, then last week I ran 4.
The 4 felt pretty good. I think I found my stride in running .9 miles, then walking .1 and repeating. I averaged just under 10 minute miles… but it was on the treadmill.
My friend, Christie, who is also running the 10k (PREGNANT AND WITH A STROLLER because she is a [email protected]$$) has run the Davidson 10k in the past and told me to practice my hills, so yesterday I decided to I needed to run outdoors, in the elements and with the hills.
So I did. I wogged my way (.9/.1) through 5 miles. Through trails, over hills and in the sun, until finally arriving back home with a serious runner’s high!
Slower than on the treadmill (to be expected), but the five felt pretty good!
I came inside skipping, then my body seemed to realize what it had just done.
I stayed in this position for a good 20 minutes. My stomach cramped up and I did my best to pour gatorade (watered down) down my throat.
I realized that for the race I need to make sure I am properly fueled and hydrated before. It may not be much to some people, but 6.2 might as well be a marathon to me.
Overall, I feel ready… or as ready as I’ll be. I’m going to get in one more 3 miles run midweek, then race day is Saturday!
Any other tips as I prepare for my first 10k?
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