(Yes I look nasty, but I did just run a 10k, give me a break!)
My friend Mary and I decided to celebrate the end of the school year by running a 10k. We started training back in March/April. And by training, I mean, I started running since I used to hate it. I got past the - 1 mile is going to kill me. And then one day I was running 4 miles. I trained with the nikeipod application on my ipod and had the chip in my shoe. I thought it was genius. I loved going for runs and beating my time or length from the day before.
The day of the race I was super nervous, but excited. My goal was to run it in an hour, keeping my pace at a 10 minute mile.
Mary and I ran together and finished at 1 hour, 2 minutes. We may have gotten passed by a professional speed walker. But once she was out of view, our self esteem went back to normal. It was a little embarrassing, but now that I look back, I laugh at it.
The only problem was that my Ipod tracker was 1 mile off. So if it said I ran 5 miles, I was really running 4. During the race, I kept thinking.... We should be at this point, but the marker would tell me we were 1 mile behind. -- Now I know. haha.
I want to run another one at the end of the summer so I can try to improve my time. Who would have known, that I would grow to love running.