Completed My First 10-K Running Race

On Saturday, September 24th, I completed my first ever-running race — in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This is a very popular race held every year in the Rocky Mountains. The setting for the run, as well as mother nature being kind to us, made this race a very positive experience for me.

My training began back in July 2005. I was way out of shape (204 pounds, 5’7″). I didn’t feel well, was getting sick a lot, and just new that I could do better. I had tried to start running before but never kept up with it. It was the usual excuses – not enough time, too lazy, kids needed me, etc. Knowing how I work (I like structure and a plan), I knew that the only way I was going to get in a groove was to join a course or club that would keep me motivated. I had heard about the Running Room clinics before but never thought much of it. I did my research and decided that a clinic was exactly what I needed. Most people I talked to were surprised when I said that I joined the 10-K clinic as opposed to the 5-K or even Learn to Run. For me, it was a stretch goal and the goal race was Melissa’s, which I would be very proud to say I ran.

Fast forward 3 months and I am now looking back on my training and successfully completing the run in 55:23 minutes – under my goal of 60 minutes. It was tough. It hurt. I ran fast (for me) and powered up the infamous Tunnel Mountain feeling good the entire time. At about the 6-K point my left knee began to act up. It didn’t hurt, it was just reacting to a pace that I was not completely used to. At 7-K I got an awesome cramp in my side. I ran through it all. I was so determined to run it in under 60 minutes that nothing was going to stop me, and nothing did. My Garmin displays my results:

Garmin_Melissas.jpg So now, at 160 pounds I feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment. I got into running and the clinic to lose weight, but now run for the joy and exhilaration of completing a race. Next stop, the Hypothermic Half-Marathon (Calgary) in February 2006. If anyone else is running this race, let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for visiting my blog. My plan is to not keep just a training diary, but more of a reflection on my training and the push to complete my life’s goals. I hope you continue to visit and please, comment to your heart content….

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