I honestly cannot believe that it has been almost 6 months since I started this transformation in my life. In 8 days I will be celebrating my 6 month victory but I have celebrated so many smaller victories along the way. Tomorrow will be another one of those victories. Tomorrow I will be running my very first 10K race. 10K!!! That is 6.2 miles! I am excited and terrified all at the same time.
Six months ago I couldn’t run more than 30 seconds without stopping and walking. My knees hurt so bad, I just wanted to cry. I kept going, I made myself stronger, I worked at it, and I kept moving forward. Tomorrow I will be putting all this training to the test. I have never run 6.2 miles before, even in my training. Sunday I did a long run and I ran 5.25 miles – my longest run to date. I am very proud of that and I feel confident that I will be able to add one more mile to this distance in the race tomorrow.
Although at the same time I am terrified that I won’t be able to go that last mile. I know it will be a mental battle more than a physical battle. I know my body can do it – I need to convince my mind that I can do it. I need to keep my pace on track and I believe I will do just fine. Mental toughness is truly just as important as physical toughness.
This will be a challenge for me. I am not only adding another mile to my longest run, I am also running all this in the dark. This 10K run will start at midnight tomorrow. It will be lots of fun and a great way to ring in the 4th of July – not to mention fireworks for my 10K victory will be so much fun. I am hoping to finish 6.2 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes. That is the goal. It is not a fast goal but it is a finish goal.
D will also be running this 10K with me. She has been doing so great with her training as well. I am very proud of how far she has come. Saturday she ran 5 miles – her longest run to date as well. This will also be her first 10K. I’m not sure if she is as nervous as I am of all this but I think we will both do well.
I can look back on my first run. I know how hard it was. I know how bad it hurt. If you told me in January that I would be running a 10K in six months, I would have told you “you’re nuts”. I have to remember that if it was easy everyone would do it. I know I have accomplished something more than I ever thought I could.
While we get to go run at midnight, baby J gets to go spend the night with her cousins at my sisters. She always has a good time and is already excited to go have fun and sleep over.
I have my glow sticks ready to go! Yay. Should be a great time.