Woke up this morning in a greet mood and ready to lace up the shoes and run a 10K at Deer Creek. This would mark the farthest distance i’ve run since coming off of injured researve. I knew I had the distance in me but just not sure of the struggle.
I settled into the 9 minute a mile section of the start line. The gun went off and I took off at a light pace.
Today I decided to find someone that was running at the pace I wanted to run or perhaps one step faster. I found that person and hung just behind them for the first 5K. At midway, I realized that I was going to overtake this runner so I found someone up the road and begin pacing off of them. This strategy worked for me most of the race. I was able to easily conquour the rolling hills around the course.
My struggle was minimal and my satisfaction was high as I saw the finish line and knew that I had run it under an hour. Sure, i’ve run faster 10K times but keep in mind i’ve been running for three weeks after a 10 week layover.
After the race I was able to catch up with Mike. Mike is a new LandRunner and a close friend that I had met back in college. We share the exact same birthday/year. Don’t worry we were born in different towns. Anyway, I’m excited to hear about his experiences and successes.
Here are a few other photo’s that I took.
As special shout out goes to my little running buddy whom I affectionately call Little B. She is gearing up to tackle the Little Rock Marathon tomorrow. I want to send postive vibes to her. Wish I could be there cheering for her but I was unable to get trained in time to safely run the race. Go get ’em!!!
Next up…Saint Paddy’s Day 8K!