Yesterday was the Cap 10k here in Austin. I registered for it several weeks ago because I was peer pressured by a coworker/friend of mine. She was running it with her roommate (with whom I ran my first 5k) and told me I should give it a shot. I didn’t think I was ready, because at that time, I was only up to 4 miles in my runs. Might as well do it, I thought. If I have to walk it’ll be fine; I’ll just run as long as I can.
Well, as you may (or may not) know, I got up to 5.5 miles, thanks to Jessica, though I wanted to shoot her (and myself) at the time. I felt a little more prepared for the race than I initially thought I’d be, and when Sunday morning came around, I was ready to run! (I was mostly counting on pure adrenaline to carry me through the last .7 miles to the finish line.) I was only slightly nervous.
Well, I wasn’t the worst runner there. And I really shocked myself, because I didn’t stop to walk! Again, when we got to about 5.5 miles, I wanted to die. Or at least, I wanted to stop and walk. But I pushed through and actually, we kept a pretty steady pace throughout the race (which is amazing, because some of the hills were insane). Our goal was to finish in an hour and a half, and we beat that by about 14 minutes!
If you haven’t noticed (as I have), there’s been an ongoing theme with regards to my running: I am constantly shocked/amazed at what I am capable of! If you would have told me a year and a half ago that I would be able to run a couple of miles with zero difficulty, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told me I’d be running a 10k without walking, I would have slapped you and called you crazy. But here I am. And I’m going to keep running. Try to stop me.
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