Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Signed up for my first 10K!
Well, the inactivity over here is killing me. I HAD to sign up to get motivated. Looking at the calendar, I should have started my training yesterday. Where are those darn running shoes. It's been weeks. I'm antsy. I want my shoes! (whine whine).
The race I signed up for is the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond. It's on April 2. I found a great training plan for it, and I can't wait to get started.
Before today, I've only signed up for 5K races and never moved up to pile more miles. I think I thought I had to run a fast 5K before moving up to a 10K. I made up that rule for myself, I guess, thinking I'm not worthy of a 10K. Weird, huh? I didn't start running more than a 5K until last October. I was training for the Race for Breath 5K in Virginia Beach, running 3 miles two times a week and doing fartleks once a week. My husband thought I should start doing longer runs on the weekend, past 3 miles.
So one weekend, I thought, ok, I'll try it. Once I settled into a nice easy pace, I surprised myself when I found out I've run 4 miles! Wow, this is easy! What a rush!
Of course I got way too excited and (cringe) increased my mileage by 1 mile every weekend. A big no-no for a newbie like me because we know where that puts you - on the injured list, which sadly, I ended up in after my triumphant 7 miler on Jan 2, 2011.
So now I know better and I'm approaching this 10K race as a novice, slowly piling the miles wisely because I do not want this ITBS to get worse or get a whole new other mess of injuries.
While I'm basking in this big jump into 10K races, I'm passing the time (until I get my shoes) by reading everything about running. Trying to psyche myself up and get pumped up for my next adventure. Yeah!