One of the things on my 30 Before 30 list was to run a 10k. There are some people for whom running comes naturally. They can easily run long distances with little to no training.
I am not one of those people.
I have short legs and thick thighs. I train hard for months and fight for every single mile. We ran the Bellin Run in Green Bay over the weekend, and I am so proud to say that I did it! Here’s a little breakdown of the event.
With over 18,000 participants, there was a lot of excitement! We anticipated a slow pace and lined up in Corral 5. Hubster didn’t train at all, and I had a bad cold for two weeks that kept me from training. My muscles screamed at me for those two miles – make it stop!
The spectators for this race are simply awesome. You had families cheering in lawn chairs, elderly men offering runners a cool splash of water from the garden hose, and little kids with encouraging messages scribbled on signs. My muscles loosened, I enjoyed some momentum from the downhill part of the course, and the energy from the crowd lightened my spirit. By the time we hit that 3.1 mark, I had crushed my 5k personal record by FIVE minutes!
Just like every training run, I hit a wall in mile 4. I battled a brief side ache after a water station, but walked through it and kept going. Hubster really coached me through this one, and that’s when I realized that he is one of those natural runners that I mentioned earlier. (Curses!)
Whew. One foot in front of the other. I started to get into my head during this stretch. It was one spectator’s encouraging words (“Did I see a smile? There you go! You GOT this!”) that brought me out of my head. I smiled, thanked him, dug deep and started running a little faster.
Mile 6-6.2: The Final Stretch!
Hubster was pushing me to finish strong. The crowd at the finish line clapped and cheered for all of us. I tried to run quickly to the finish line, but had to slow down for those last 150 yards or so because I felt nauseous. Then it happened – I heard those beeps from our chips as we crossed the finish line!
My official race time was 1:23:55. I had a goal of 1:30, so I am very pleased! We did it!
The next challenge: a half-marathon in September. I might be a little crazy.