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!