Just Keep Running

Training for my first 10K has easily been the most soul crushing thing I’ve ever done. While I’ve been running (which I love) various 5K and getting out there three times a week to run the neighborhood, I wasn’t getting faster or gaining stamina. I started with Nike+ Running Coach program the runs got longer I was getting more and more discouraged with my times. I switched to interval training, using RunKeeper in conjunction with N+R. I’m thrilled I can now run 1/4 mile in 3 minutes, because it’s a 12-minute mile, but the one minute I need between the 3 minutes was shooting a potential PB (personal best) in the foot.

Not waiting to wimp out and knowing I can push when I need to, I ran my first 10K on Sunday at the Mt Olivet Sunrise Run and Pancake Breakfast (aka, Run With The Dead!).

I’m not gonna lie to you, Marge – it was tough, but not any tougher than any 5K I’ve run in the past. My main concern was all of my apps running simultaneously without hiccups. Here’s what I used:

  • Zombies, Run! – fun, but my external playlist (Rock My Run) never lowered in volume so I missed most of the story and heard none of the zombie attacks.
  • Rock My Run – I love this app. I’ve got a few favorite mixes and I love the music, but I’m not yet fast enough to finish before the music starts. I ran my last four minutes in silence.
  • RunKeeper – I have a love/hate relationship with this app. I love that I can create my own intervals, but it gets buggy and sometimes will randomly restart intervals or mush them altogether so it appears I’m folding time.
  • Nike+ Running. This is my power horse. If it’s not loading, I don’t run. It’s been racking the bulk of my runs since I started regular running in 2013
and boy are my feets tired
and boy are my feets tired

I’ve almost run the distance to family in Georgia or friends in Minneapolis.

So I ran my 10K, taking advantage of the rolling hills in Mt. Olivet cemetery, soaking in the scenery and feeling the light rain that had started around my 4-mile points. My goal was to do this run in 1 hour 18 minutes, and I did it in 1 hour 20 minutes.

I’m not unhappy with that.