In 2.5 hours from now I’ll be in the midst of running my first 10k…
I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty unprepared for it. I only started running again less than three months ago. My focus at that point was building my endurance back up and getting into a (post-baby #2) higher intensity workout groove. My hope was to start being a little more focused with my training at this point. I wanted to factor in both a weekly speed session as well as hill intervals in addition to my long runs. While I did recently start this, I don’t feel I started soon enough to benefit from it today.
I definitely find comfort in reminding myself that a 10k is approximately two miles less than several of my recent long runs. And while I may not have gotten in as much hill work as I had hoped, I definitely don’t run on all flat roads.
(typical run elevation)
(10k course elevation)
So, I’ll finish. I just wanted to be able to sit here this morning, sip my coffee and know that I would not just finish, but finish strong.
Up to this point, I’ve only run 5k’s. My ‘strategy’ for a 5k once the gun goes off is pretty much: “BAAAH!! RUUUUUN!!” and I do (my version of) a sprint the entire way. That won’t fly with longer distances. I have the relay race coming up in August and my first half-marathon in October. Part of my thought process in registering for a 10k was to get a feel for being in a race situation while being able to hold back a bit. To actually pace myself and not get caught up in trying to run as fast as everyone else. Regardless of what my finish time will look like, this will be a good experience for me.
Oh, and I also have the additional pressure of getting back home in time to get my daughter (and myself!) ready for her dance recital today. Better run fast!!!!