I can finally blog about my 10 mile run.
I woke up at 5:15 on Sunday, April 13 and didn't really know what I was in for that day.
It was so dark outside the morning of the run, on my drive to the meet up spot at 6 AM I was blasting one of my favorite rap song to pump me up, wake me up, and get me in the mood. I met up with a bunch of other runners on my work team and we drove to old town Alexandria where large buses picked everyone up and transported us to the start line of the GW 10 Miler!
There were so many people out there that even with probably 100 porta potties we stood in line for about 10 minutes (seemed longer!!!!) and only got to the start line just in time! Exactly at 8:05 AM when they yelled START the huge group of people all started to run and jog and I was in the midst of it all... it was amazing.
During the actual 10 miles... Ehhhhh not so amazing. It felt like it lasted forever. Every mile that went by while i felt a sense of accomplishment I also grew to be dead tired and couldn't wait for the whole thing to be over. Every water stop, which turned out to be about every 2 miles was a welcome scene.
One of the best feelings in the world was running the last VERY long block, crossing the finish line at a jog and seeing that my time was under two hours and 30 minutes which was my ultimate goal. That means that I ran approximately 14 minute miles and I was so happy with that!!!! I got handed a metal, a water bottle and a snack box and as I turned the corner I saw all my friends from my part-time job, my wonderful boyfriend, and my two very very very very supportive parents all waiting for me to cross the 2nd finish line into the crowd of supporters.
Hugs and an high-fives where everywhere and a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders along with a real sense of achievement.
The recovery from the run hasn't been too fun, especially that first day- just ask my boyfriend... But two days later I'm feeling close to 100% and back to my usual hydrated self (water has been my best friend the past two days.)
As I said throughout this whole approximately four months of training for the 10 mile, I'm not sure that running is necessarily my cup of tea. However, to be able to say that I've done something like this and using this as my starting point to really try to have a healthier lifestyle (eeek!) is really important to me.