Sunday, April 25, 2010

I'm off to shower, but...

...I have officially run my first 10K. It wasn't the greatest run and I missed my target time by 8 minutes, but I did it. I ran (most of) the 10K. And you know what? I loved it. Every minute of it. I abandoned my 5:1 goal pretty early on because when you still have the energy to run and there's throngs of people, trying to stop for your 1 minute walk is difficult. Instead, I set distance goals and then I'd push myself a little farther. I'd pick a spot far off (but not too far) and then once I reached it, I'd pick another spot, and another, and another, until I was out of breath and I really did need to stop. I managed to convince myself to run entire kilometres that way. Then a nagging little thing happened: a blister which I had noticed on Friday decided to balloon into a huge pulsating pain in my left foot and it left me speed walking most of the last 3.5K It was frustrating because when I would start to run, it would ache and ache, and without anyone to push me past that pain, I just let it dictate "no running". As a result, I missed my goal of 1h20mins by 8 minutes. A thousand shoulda, coulda, woulda's race through your brain when you realise that you missed it by that much: if I had just said 'screw it' that last K and run anyways, if I had just bothered to do something about it when I found the small blister on Friday, if, if, if...

Then I remembered something: I just ran a 10K. Four months ago, I would have scoffed at the idea. Four months ago, I was content just to walk it. Four months ago, I thought running was the past time of already fit people. Four months ago, I decided to do something a little crazy. Four months ago, I would have let missing my time goal deter me. Four months ago, but not now.

What can I do in another four?

2 comments:

Marc said...

Hey nice blog and looks like you're well on your way to Chilkoot. You did better than all those people who didn't even attempt it but you also had a faster time than 2452 people who finished after you. Even in your category of female 30-34 representing 662 runners there were 20% behind you so I think you kicked ass.

Next year you're going to demolish this year's time and thanks to this blog, I'm going to hold you to it :-)

ChilkootChubby said...

Thanks for the pep talk, Marc (and for doing the math). Next year I'll be standing behind you and Mike at the starting line trash talking your running skills ;)