As I mentioned last week, I am going to enter a 10K race with my Sister-in-law. In early June, our small town is overtaken by a plethora of ball teams for an event called Actionfest. There are also food and goods vendors in the park, a parade Saturday morning and a bunch of other related events, including the run. When we decided to sign up we both figured we’d just wing it, as we both run pretty regularly – I generally run 5K every time I hit the trails.
I thought about it more and thought that maybe I should actually train for it. I’m not expecting to make a great time, no, but it would be nice to not be huffing and puffing and doing the army crawl just to make it across the Finish line. I bought the Bridge to 10K app and hauled out my dog-eared copy of The Complete Book of Running for Women. When I first took up running ten years ago (and Matthew bought me the book), I went to a local running store to get fitted for shoes that would be perfect for me. While the Nike Airs I bought at an outlet mall last fall are great for Boot Camp or for shorter distances, I didn’t want to risk injuring myself now that I plan on running longer distances. So, this past Saturday, I went back to that local running store and was brought back to my first love – New Balance runners.
I went for my first training run on Saturday afternoon and brought Diesel along with me, as I usually do (Zoey’s too wee to run long distances). I was pleasantly surprised that when I got to the place where I usually turn around, I was in a good rhythm and ready to keep going until my app told me it was the halfway point.
I don’t know exactly what distance I ran, as the app told me I had done 20.2 miles, total. Ha. Ha! HAAAAAA. Apparently the mountain air messed with the App. Based on my usual turn around point of 2.5 km, and how much further I ran, I’d make a conservative estimation that I ran a little over 7km and honestly could have kept going if I wasn’t, you know, back home.
The only missing element to my training is music. I won’t listen to my iPod when I run with my sister-in-law (obviously) but music is what (prevents me on focusing on my wheezing, and) keeps me going. I sat down before I left and cleaned up my running playlist, but I heard it 1.5 times during my run and that’s simply not (fun, or) necessary.
I need some new running tunes, friends. You don’t have to be a runner, just someone who likes music that makes you move. You know the kind: It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.*
*The reference is probably too old for most of you, but ten gold stars if you know it. Because that means I’m not alone in my geriatric life.