Yes, I am alive. And I promise to be blogging (and cooking) more in the upcoming weeks.
This post, however, is to document the 10k that I ran this morning. I know for some serious runners this may not be a huge deal, but it was my first time running this distance in a more competitive atmosphere, so yay me!
As I had previously mentioned, participation in this race came to be when I decided 1) I was slacking on my running 2) I was flabbing up a bit and 3) I needed some form of motivation. So, I literally registered for the first 10k that was coming up and took place on a Sunday (since I work on Saturdays). Hence my participation in the “Gumbo Limbo Green Turtle Gallop” in Boca Raton for sea turtle conservation.
Now, don’t let the name fool you. When I showed up this morning, the event was crawling with serious runners. I’m talking fit, toned people with multiple 13.1 and 26.2 stickers on their cars. The types of people who run these 10ks as warm-ups or tapers for their marathons. I ran this race with a friend of mine who used to be in the Israeli army and even he was a bit shocked at the uber-competitive turn out. We overheard a group talking about how they “knocked out 10 miles yesterday like it was nothing”.
Don’t get me wrong. I run (kind of) frequently, and a few summers ago I actually logged serious milage. But lately, my runs have been more of the 3-4 mile variety squeezed in whenever I find a spare milisecond in my week. Needless to say, I was nervous. I seriously thought to myself “what if I actually finish last?”
I did NOT finish last. Or even close to it. Completed the whole thing in 62 minutes which was exactly my goal. Although the 6.2 miles were challenging, I was able to run most of this at a very comfortable pace and could have even kept going. Finishing this race made me feel great inside and motivated me to sign up for more.
One item on my bucket list is to run a half marathon one day, and I had been seriously considering flying to Chicago this May for the one benefitting Northwestern University’s Brain Tumor Research Center, as this cause is extremely near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately, the race is the day of my graduation from pharmacy school. I did manage to stumble upon the Florida Brain Tumor Association’s 10th annual 5k happening in two weeks right in my area. I was ecstatic to discover this race and immediately signed up, along with my boyfriend.
I am so happy that I am back in the running groove. The sense of accomplishment, motivation, and happiness it brings never ceases to amaze me. I read a running quote somewhere that read “man, I really regret that run. -said nobody ever”. Totally true.
To celebrate my newly recharged running spirit, I updated my playlist and bought a brand new pair of Asics.
What motivates you guys to run? What are your favorite running tunes? And what is your favorite race you have run?