As some of you know, my sister-in-law (Hi, Jennifer!) and I decided to run a 10K together while visiting over Easter dinner. There was wine involved with dinner but libations aside, we are runners. We both run 5K when we run and thought we could easily pull off a 10K run. We could probably get away with it without even training! What’s an extra 5K? LET’S DO THIS.

When they went home that night I thought that maybe I would train. I mean, why not finish in a decent time, without feeling like I was going to vomit out my lungs? I used the Couch to 5K app last fall to morph my boot camp stamina to a running routine and I found the Bridge to 10K app and downloaded it that very night. While I was doing so, Matthew asked if I still had the running book he had bought me ten years ago when we had first moved here and I had taken up running. I did, and I read up on everything from nutrition to training tips to making sure you had the right shoes. I went out that next week to a running store and got fitted for shoes that seriously make me feel like I’m running on air.

I started telling friends and family that I was going to run a 10K and was a little surprised by the “WOW” comments. I mean, I have friends who have run full marathons, which is 42K. 10K seemed so wimpy compared to 42K. And then I started training. This was no walk (Ha!) in the park. The App lengthens the running times between one-minute walking intervals and I would come back and tell Matthew my distance. I ran 7K! I ran 8K! I ran 9K!

Jennifer and I thought we should do a training run together and so a week ago Sunday she came out here with her big dog, I grabbed my big dog, and we ran down the trail. We soon found that we had the same stride and pace (SLOW) and “Slow and steady wins the race” became our mantra. She thought we should do 11K just to make sure that we could do it. AND WE DID. ELEVEN KILOMETERS. It didn’t register how far that was until Matthew told me that it’s 9K from here to the church. A ten-minute DRIVE away. Woah.

Saturday morning we hit the ActionFest parade with the kids and then we decided to drive the race route to see what it would look like. As we drove along the kids kept asking “And you’ll STILL be running?” I had a good case of the butterflies all day (the run was at 6 p.m.) as the course has a lot of hills (it runs around the base of Giant’s Head Mountain) and summer has arrived – it’s HOT. I posted this:

I’ll be running around the base of this bad boy, starting at 6 p.m.

I had so much encouragement from a lot of you on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and it helped. A LOT. Thank you.

(Side note: I had asked Matthew to take start and finish photos with the point-and-shoot, but he wanted to use my big camera (Canon 7D). We had a little refresher course before we left and my only request was that he not take photos of us running uphill. There’s no need to document that.)

We went early for the warm-up and then it was time to line up for the race with the rest of the crowd.

Jennifer and I ran with a friend that she’s had since first grade. Ilea was a great running mate.

That’s her husband and one-year-old baby girl, who met us halfway to encourage us. Photo taken by Matthew who, along with our kids, came to cheer us on as well. My three even ran with us for a few minutes and, dang, I need to get them into the running club at school.

Matthew and the kids surprised us by waiting for us at the 8K mark.

He blatantly ignored my request for no UPHILL running photos, but they were THERE and it was AWESOME.

Before we knew it, we were in the final stretch.

Yes, I ran in a running skort. My running capris would have been too hot and I don’t have running shorts. I love the skort. Don’t judge me.

So, that was my time. 1:05. I didn’t win any time awards, and didn’t expect to. I am not a fast runner. But I did it. I didn’t stop running once (Have you tried to drink a cup of water while running? It interferes with BREATHING) and I finished the course. As an added bonus, my step-mom read a study that said if someone my age can run a 10K in around an hour, the benefits to my heart twenty years from now are AMAZING. That’s not a bad thing.

Thanks to Jennifer for spurning me on and encouraging me and for being a pretty rad sister-in-law and friend and Auntie.

Here’s to our next race!

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  1. Hannah June 6, 2011 12:58 am edit

    Yay! What a great time! 1:05 is awesome, and you should be really happy with it. My 5K race time was 43 min!! But I’m REALLY slow. I love all the photos. You guys look great, like you aren’t even hot or puffing! Woohoo!!

    I’m still REALLY jealous, because my physiotherapist said it will be AT LEAST 6 weeks of rehab (swimming, exercycle) before I can even START with a little bit of jogging. SIGH.

  2. angella June 8, 2011 5:12 pm edit

    Oh, BOO. I’m praying that you heal quickly.

    And, thanks. :)

  3. JennyBean June 6, 2011 1:26 am edit

    WOOHOO! Well done, lady! You are such an inspiration; I can’t imagine myself ever managing to run 5K, let alone 10K! SO proud of you! :)

  4. angella June 8, 2011 5:12 pm edit

    Thank you! I’m sure you could do it if you wanted to… :)

  5. Eric's Mommy June 6, 2011 5:15 am edit

    You kick ASS!

  6. angella June 8, 2011 5:12 pm edit

    That made me smile. Thanks, lady. :)

  7. K June 6, 2011 6:24 am edit

    Great job on your race!! It looks like a gorgeous place to run.

  8. angella June 8, 2011 5:13 pm edit

    The Okanagan is the prettiest. I love it here. :)

  9. sfamily June 6, 2011 8:01 am edit

    Great job!….and inspiring as well – I think I will run today rather than just talking about doing it!

  10. angella June 8, 2011 5:13 pm edit

    Hooray for running! :)

  11. Ashley June 6, 2011 8:34 am edit

    That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  12. angella June 8, 2011 5:13 pm edit

    Thanks, Ashley. :)

  13. Mrs. Wilson June 6, 2011 9:24 am edit

    Way to go, you two!! You did incredible!! Looks like you run at the pace that I (used to?) do. I can’t wait to start running again. And, soon, I’ll have another reason to visit Summerland so maybe we’ll do a race some day. :)

  14. angella June 8, 2011 5:15 pm edit

    Jen told me about the reason – exciting!

  15. Tamara June 6, 2011 9:32 am edit

    Awesome lady!

  16. angella June 8, 2011 5:16 pm edit

    Thanks, lady!

  17. JoL - Amazon freak-a-zoid June 6, 2011 9:44 am edit

    YAY!! Congrats!

    you are AWESOME!

    and really – how do you like the skort? you’re right – it is just too dang hot for capris, so I am looking for alternatives (my thighs keep getting in the way of me building a realtionship w real running shorts, so I end up in my old basketball jersey shorts – not a good look while running)

  18. angella June 8, 2011 5:16 pm edit

    Thank you!

    I really do love the skort. It’s so comfy and cool… :)

  19. Kristabella June 6, 2011 9:49 am edit

    Congrats! That’s awesome!! I did an 8k once and I want to get back to that girl who can run!

  20. angella June 8, 2011 5:17 pm edit

    You can do it! And if we ever get to hang out again, we can run together!

  21. steph June 6, 2011 10:03 am edit

    Awesome! Awesome! I seem to remember that you had knee surgery at one point. (Am I making this up? Or do I have a creepy memory?) So cool that you made a running comeback!

    Your commitment to healthy living shows me that I can keep working on my fitness when I have a marriage/family/job. You’re a role model, Angella!

  22. angella June 8, 2011 5:18 pm edit

    Aw, thank you. *blush*

    Your “creepy memory” comment made me laugh. NOT creepy – correct! I have patella femoral syndrome in my right knee and had surgery when I was 20. :)

  23. monstergirlee June 6, 2011 10:46 am edit

    Congratulations! So excited for you both! An hour is an amazing time, and not slow at all. Yay you!

    When I ran my first race, that was my mantra – slow and steady wins the race. I ran the entire thing (it was a very challenging 12k) and felt pretty good when I was done. No judging about the skort, I promise.

  24. angella June 8, 2011 5:19 pm edit

    Hee. And TWELVE K? You are awesome! I’m not sure if I could do any longer than 10. :)

  25. Sarahviz June 6, 2011 11:01 am edit

    Two thumbs WAYYYY up! I love reading race stories. YOU DID IT!

  26. angella June 8, 2011 5:20 pm edit

    I did! I’m still beaming about it. :)

  27. Lisa June 6, 2011 11:37 am edit

    Nice job!!! You are inspiring! When is the next one? ;)

  28. angella June 8, 2011 5:20 pm edit

    We might do one in September. :)

  29. mpotter June 6, 2011 12:20 pm edit

    Yay! Congratulations.
    So glad you have a running partner to help spur you on!

  30. angella June 8, 2011 5:20 pm edit

    I don’t think I’d have run as well on my own. Doing it together kept me moving!

  31. Kami June 6, 2011 2:04 pm edit

    First of all? The skort is all kinds of awesome – looks great and cool, what is not to love?

    Your time is fabulous!! Congratulations! I ran just over 10k yesterday in 1:11 – I am s.l.o.w. not mention I still run 10min walk 1. Mentally it is just way more enjoyable!

    Time for a half now ladies!! ;)

  32. angella June 8, 2011 5:22 pm edit

    I’m not sure that I want to, or if I am physically able. I don’t have time to train for one right now. Maybe one day… :)

    I definitely want to do more 10K’s, though. I’ve been emailing Jennifer links to local races happening this fall.

  33. Carrie June 6, 2011 2:06 pm edit

    My first, and so far only, 10K was in about that time. It was a trail race with a huge hill at the beginning that just about killed me. I finished the race by running 1k and walking for 30 secs but the point is, I finished. It was called the Trek or Treat and they encourage costumes so I went as Lightning McQueen. I picked up stickers at Toys R Us, put them on a red shirt. It was a night run so lights were mandatory, headlights on the peak of my cap and a brake light on my back. My trainer was waiting for me at the finish line and it was just the best feeling. You know. ;-)

    And, fwiw, I prefer to run in a skort too. Google Skirt Sports, you can get them at MEC.

    Congrats girl, and welcome to the 10k club.

  34. angella June 8, 2011 5:23 pm edit

    Thanks, fair cousin.

    I DO know the feeling you’re talking about. And I’ll definitely check out the MEC skort. Mine is from Costco… :)

  35. ChrisB June 6, 2011 2:30 pm edit

    Well done!!! Good finish time too! I love the last line of this post!!! I told you it’s addictive. Think “Boston” ;0)

  36. angella June 8, 2011 5:24 pm edit

    Ha! I’m not sure I’ll do a marathon. ;) I’ll keep doing 10K races, though!

    Thanks for all of your tips and encouragement, Running Queen. It helped a lot. :)

  37. Kami June 6, 2011 2:34 pm edit

    Oh and my mantra when I ran my half over three years ago was, “Slow and steady, finishes the race!” It’s a good mantra!

  38. sizzle June 6, 2011 2:51 pm edit

    Way to go! Proud of you.

  39. angella June 8, 2011 5:24 pm edit

    Thanks, friend. :)

  40. Danica June 6, 2011 5:07 pm edit

    Good for you. Amazing! I wish I could have been there to cheer you on. What a feat. Wooooo!

  41. angella June 8, 2011 5:24 pm edit

    Thanks, Danica! Next time you’ll have to come down. :)

  42. Lisa Burt June 6, 2011 5:47 pm edit

    Good Job. Congratulations. The running skort looks awesome. Only a Faulder girl could complete a 10K in such style.

  43. angella June 8, 2011 5:25 pm edit

    Amen. :)

  44. whoorl June 6, 2011 7:35 pm edit

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! You rule, mama!

  45. angella June 8, 2011 5:25 pm edit

    Thanks, you! Next time I’m down there we’ll have to run together. :)

  46. Victoria June 6, 2011 10:26 pm edit

    That’s a really super fast awesome time! Good for you!!!!

  47. angella June 8, 2011 5:26 pm edit

    Thanks! :)

  48. Amanda Brown June 7, 2011 8:10 am edit

    You guys are so awesome! I’m proud of you, and it makes me wish I liked running. :)

  49. angella June 8, 2011 5:26 pm edit

    Me too, because then you could join us. :)

  50. Heather June 7, 2011 1:42 pm edit

    Awesome! My 10K is a little slower and I would like it to be a little faster. I’m runing a 12K race on Saturday. I have not trained appropriately! I injured my foot and now I have a bad cold. I’m totally counting on the cold clearning up by Thursday so I can do one last run. Gah!

  51. angella June 8, 2011 5:27 pm edit

    Good luck on Saturday! Rooting for you!!

  52. Sharon June 7, 2011 3:43 pm edit

    Congratulations on doing the run! Your time is AMAZING – you are totally not slow at all. :)

  53. angella June 8, 2011 5:27 pm edit

    Thanks, Sharon. :)

  54. Janssen June 7, 2011 7:43 pm edit

    You go! I’m so amazed at you!

  55. angella June 8, 2011 5:28 pm edit

    Thanks! It was a pretty great feeling to cross the finish line. :)

  56. hillary June 8, 2011 1:03 pm edit

    Lady, you are a rockstar! Congratulations on completing your goal :)

  57. angella June 8, 2011 5:28 pm edit

    Thanks, friend.

    I can’t wait to see you complete your goal of growing that baby. :)

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