10K or Bust?

Most of my runs stay in the three-mile range.  I know I could run farther, three-miles fits my schedule and ability. In group runs, we often talk about completing longer races.  Many complete 10K and 10 milers regularly.  It seemed like a distant dream for me.  Then I remembered that running three miles used to seem impossible.

Registration for the  Ocean Road 10K opened today.  A lot of the Rhode Runner group participates.  I know there will be a lot of support and friendly faces there.  The race isn’t until September 2018, allowing a lot of time to prepare.  Being a worrywart, I looked up last year’s results.  There few almost 1400 runners; at my current expected pace, I should be faster than 200 of them.  I have over ten months to get stronger and faster!

Yesterday was my first run in the suddenly cooler weather.  Wow, it was terrible!  I just thought that wearing longer pants and sleeves would be enough.  My lungs burned!  That was an expected surprise!  After doing some reading online, I learned that keeping my neck warm should help; Target sells fleece scarves that will do the trick.  Running in the cooler weather required changing up a few things.  I was not expecting my nose to start running fast than the rest of my body and my arms to get so cold.  After maintaining paces in the low 12’s, I was back in the low 13’s.  To face this new awkwardness, I signed up for a Thanksgiving morning race in Maine.  I’ll miss running with my friends at the local race; I’ll still be able to get in a race and enjoy an extra treat that evening!

Just like all of the challenges life throws at us daily, running in the cold will be a fun new one!  It will take some adjustments, but I will get where I need to be!

2 thoughts on “10K or Bust?

  1. Running in the cold is no joke! I’m not looking forward to snow… You’ll do great in September. Plenty of time to train for sure. I see a half in your future….

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