January 20, 2013 by heathernwelch
So, I decided that if I was serious about running a 10K in April, I better get in a long run. I always time my runs instead of looking at distance. This is mostly because I don’t know how far or I can’t count the laps at the gym. So, I just time it. Before today, my personal record was 45 minutes. So, I set out today to do a 4 mile run. I went to a trail that I thought would tell me how far to go. Well, I quickly found out that it wasn’t marked all that clearly. My coach and friend told me to run nice and slow. So, I set out. The first mile stunk. I was exhausted and sore. But after that mile, it got much easier. So around a half an hour into the run, I thought, well the only way to ensure I go 4 miles is to run for an hour. And I did it! I never would have thought that I could do this. I used to hate running and I am not going to even say now that I love it. But I have started to enjoy it. It is great exercise and fun to get out on my own for some time. I ended up running 5.8 miles! Woo-hoo!!!! It was great. I am sore now and pretty tired, but am so excited. Now I am trying to decide if I need a new goal. I wanted to run a 10K in April, but I could have done that pretty easily today. So, what now?
If you are interested in running, but have hated it in the past, talk to me. I have a great coach who helps me and gives me strengthening exercises and I would love to help you. Even though I don’t know much, I know what I’m doing up to now! Woot-woot!