10/01/00 is the date I ran my first race. It was a 10K and my average for the 6.2 miles was 10:44 per mile with a finish time of 1:06:42. That was giving it all I had.
I am not blessed with a natural running talent. I don’t consider myself athletic.
What I learned long ago is that running is one of those sports that if you work hard and apply the science you can see BIG DREAMS come true. It isn’t chance and it doesn’t have to be genetic talent.
I’ve also learned that the MAIN ingredient in almost all PR’s is HEART. You have to believe you can do something in order to do it.
Instead of running a long run this weekend I decided to race Potomac River Running’s Reston Perfect 10 Miler. My previous PR of 1:12 had made me believe that a sub 1:10 was possible with proper training. My legs were not tapered and they were not trained for the 10 mile distance but I believed in my HEART that going sub 1:10 was completely doable.
I arrived to the start line not in peak shape. I’ve fallen down when it comes to my weight. I worked VERY hard once the Women’s Running Magazine finalists were announced to get into tip top shape should I win. Push ups, crunches and high mileage weeks filled my mind. When I won and I felt that all my hard work had paid off. Truth is that after the photo shoot I was tired of not eating 2nd helpings or saying no to dessert when out to eat. I wanted to eat whatever I wanted. I run so why not – right? Well it doesn’t exactly work that way as many of us know and have learned the hard way.
I can eat in one day WELL more than I ever burn off. It started to add up slowly. I saw the numbers creeping up on the scale but wanted to convince myself it was water weight. I didn’t want to admit that I was slipping back to my old ways…..
I arrived to the start line of Sunday’s race heavier than I have been since before Colton was born. It wasn’t added muscle. I need to be realistic and honest with myself and say that it’s fat I’ve gained from over eating and too many sweets. Truth be told when getting ready for the race I was in near tears at home. I had wanted to wear shorts to the race but couldn’t sqeeze into them and so even though the temperature was slightly warmer than normal I had to wear capris.
I tried to tell myself that I RUN THIS BODY. Weight or not I was going to get my sub 1:10.
I wore a shirt even though I typically race in a sports bra because I feel faster. I ran into a couple of people I knew and they all remarked on how much I was wearing based on the temperatures. I ditched the shirt against my better judgement. I was embarrased by my body but decided that if I wanted to PR I had to let it go. I had to let go of the negative feelings about myself and I had to let go of the worries about what other people thought about me.
I RUN THIS BODY. I may not run my mind yet but I RUN THIS BODY.
I started out at a comfortable pace. The course was hilly but I knew when and where they were. I was ready. I just had to keep all of the miles sub 7 and I would PR.
Mile 4 ended up being 7 exactly and I started to panic. Was my weight gain going to destroy my PR. I felt as if I was lugging a backpack on my back.
I had to PR. I had to have something tangible in my mind that showed how hard I have been working. A time on the clock that made all the INSANELY early wake ups worth it.
Instead of letting my mind defeat me I took charge.
I pushed through the pain. I pushed when my mind told me to back off.
I pushed up hills. I pushed when I saw my family. I pushed.
I hit 1 hour exactly as my watch beeped 9 miles. I knew I had just run the fastest 9 miles of my life. My body wanted to stop. I saw a cone drop from the race pick up truck and my mind told me to stop and pick up the cone. Then I reasoned with myself that – THAT WAS LITERALLY INSANE. Why push for 9 miles and endure an hour of pain if I was going to quit a mile from the finish?
Hitting the 1 hour mark at 9 miles was JUST WHAT I NEEDED. I knew that the faster I ran this last mile the larger my PR would be. Run a 9 minute mile and your time is 1:09. Run a 6 minute mile and your time is 1:06.
The pain hurt in this last mile yet it didn’t. I felt HIGH on life. The endorphins were rushing through my body. I saw my family up ahead cheering for me and I couldn’t have been happier.
Three things I love all together.
I finished the race with the fastest sprint I’ve probably ever done.
1:06:38 for a 6 minute 10 mile PR and the fastest race mile I’ve ever run as the last mile of a 10 mile run – 5:57.
- Mile 1: 6:43
- Mile 2: 6:51
- Mile 3: 6:49
- Mile 4: 7:00
- Mile 5: 6:34
- Mile 6: 6:34
- Mile 7: 6:52
- Mile 8: 6:35
- Mile 9: 6:21
- Mile 10: 5:57
- .06 of a mile extra [based on Garmin] 5:17 avg
Almost 12 years to the day from my first 10k I ran 10 miles faster than I ran 6.2 miles back then. I hope this inspires you to DREAM BIG. Make the IMPOSSIBLE – POSSIBLE.
Now I’m dreaming bigger. I had thought my 1:10 goal for a 10 miler was one of those goals that was good for a lifetime. Now I’m dreaming of a realistic sub 1:05 10 miler and a DREAM BIG goal of one day going sub 1:00 in the 10 mile distance. I’ve decided to mix up my fall racing and marathon plan and have made some changes in races. I’m excited to see what is to come in the next couple of months.
Why did I bring up my weight in this post – especially considering it is something I am upset about and don’t like talking about? I bring it up because WE ALL fall. No one is perfect. Don’t think for a second that I am some sort of super human who was blessed with awesome genes. I am just like everyone else. It comes down to the choices we make – good and bad.
Don’t let a little bit of a fall become a downward spiral when it comes to your weight loss or weight maintenance plan. For me I need to focus on not using food as a tool to cope with stress. Food is fuel and eating two donuts when you are already full is not going to make you feel better in the long run. For the next couple of weeks leading up to my marathon I am going to be focusing on how eating clean and making healthy choices is going to get me closer to my sub 3:10 marathon goal and my DREAM BIG goal of 3:00.
Are you an emotional eater? Do you get down on yourself about weight again? Did you run the Reston 10 Miler?
- 7th overall female
- 1st age group females 30 – 34
- pr time of 1:06:38 [6:40 avg]
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