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10-miler completed .. what’s next?

A little over a week ago, I completed the final race of the Louisville Triple Crown; the 10-miler. When I first signed up for this race, I hadn’t given thought to do the other two races (the 5K and 10K), in retrospect, I am thankful I did. I would not have been prepared for what I was getting myself into.

I was super excited the week of the race, and I might have overtrained a little bit in a fit of excitement. I took the Thursday and Friday before the race off in prep for Saturday. This 10-miler was the biggest challenge I have ever faced physically but I was ready!

Saturday morning came… I felt I had started out strong, but it seemed like I was losing steam through parts of the race, especially through Iroquois Park. My friend Christina stayed by my side throughout the entire race, and I am super thankful for that.

Around mile seven, I was ready for the race to be over. I have walked about 10 miles in the span of a day, but only got up to about 7 miles at one time, and so my body was wondering what I was doing to it. My friend Tim, who wasn’t officially participating in the race, met up with us and finished the last three miles with us. It was such a pleasant surprise to see him and gave me the strength to finish strong.

As we entered the final lap of the 10-miler, my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces greeted us as we entered the stadium. And as we were coming around to the finish line, I saw a beautiful Canon L lens pointed at us from the bleachers. It was my friend Chris, who also completed the Triple Crown and rocked it, he was peeking out from behind his camera and smiling. As we crossed the finish line, my friend Nick was waiting with his camera, too. I am so thankful for supportive friends who came out or waited for us after the race.

By the end of the week, I had completed almost 50 miles; my best week yet! I felt a little sad after it was all over. I don’t really know what’s next for me. I know I’m doing the Color Run in July. I think by then I would be able to run the full 3.1 miles. We’ll see…

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On my other blog I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the end of 2012. I put “do a 5K” as a goal to work toward, but I wasn’t sure how much training I’d really do to run for 3.1 miles. I know I could walk it, but I can walk 5K fairly easy, and I do it on a regular basis, so that doesn’t sound very challenging.

My (wonderful) fitness buddy Christina sent me a text the other morning saying she was planning to do the Papa Johns 10-miler, and due to an injury, she’d probably have to walk it and asked me to join her. I’ve always looked up to her and her determination, so if she thinks I can do something, I’ll do it. (Maybe I shouldn’t let her know this! lol) So, I registered and I’m officially doing the Papa Johns 10-miler at the end of March(!)

I guess I should be walking now more than ever. Since joining the gym as a result of the weather getting cold, my walking has definitely fallen by the wayside. I’m hoping how much training I’ve been doing at the gym will make it easier to do the 10 miles than if I was just training by walking alone. I’ve done about 6-7 miles at one time through the park we’re going through; the particular loop we’re going through is only 3 miles and the rest of the course seems fairly flat. I hope with that it won’t be too hard on my body. I mean, if I can do 6-7 miles at once, what’s 3-4 more miles? I say that now…

I’m really excited about this and I’m happy to have supportive people who believe me. 🙂