Monday, September 22, 2008

Running a 10 K

My wife likes to run. I do not. She wanted me to run a 10K with her. I was less than enthused, but I decided to run it, because it would make her happy, and I wanted to see if I could do it.

I had planed to do some training for this by doing some running, but work has been crazy these past few weeks, and I got zero time to work out. So I started to run farther than I ever have before with no training.

My wife set a slow pace for us to start out, I thought that it was too slow, but I decided to defer to her better knowledge of how to finish these things.

I have to admit that I was a little embarrassed, because an older gentleman was smoking us right out of the gate. He was not running, he was speed walking. Take that ego!!

There was not much to tell about the race itself. It was fun talking with my wife during the run. She was enjoying herself, and I was just trying to keep the pace. I got to take the water from one of the people at the hydration point, just like one of the marathon runners I saw at the Olympics. That was kind of cool.

As we hit the 3 mile mark or so we started to notice certain things. We were starting to pass the people that were smoking us at the beginning.

As we got more and more comfortable in the run, we began to speed up, passing more and more fast starters who were now walking.

Then we saw something... The speed walker. We kicked it up just a little bit and passed the speed walker. Take that man twice my age!!!

I started to run out of gas about the six mile mark, and really struggled for the last .2 miles.
I finished at about 1 hour and 10 minutes, running about 5.5 miles an hour. It was an accomplishment, even though my time was nothing for a runner to brag about. I don't care because I am not a runner. I kept running the whole time. I did not stop, and did not walk. Our steady, ever increasing pace did wonders, as we did not gas early and have to rest. The wife really nailed that one!

I enjoyed the run mainly because it was something I did with my wife... I might do another run, but I will train a bit next time.


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