Ok so maybe it's not THAT exciting, but I'm totally stoked for it. I've never run a 10K (6.2 miles...although this one happens to be a tad longer at 6.4 miles) before and I think it could be awesome. Also notice how this fits nicely into my previous goal of running more this year, which is just nifty now isn´t it?
Not to mention, I have a partner in crime and training buddy, Sydney (who I will now be referring to as Syd the Kid, because it sounds more badass), to help keep me on track.
And with just a little over a month (Exactly 4 weeks and 2 days) before the race, we don´t have any time to waste getting our tushies in tip top shape.
Now I should mention we had the option of running a 5K instead, and we hummed and hawed over our decision. Both of us feel we could comfortably complete a 5K, so it sounded like a safe route to go. And neither of us have ever ran a 10K before (I have done 2 half-marathons, but that was almost 2 years ago and I´m nowhere near being in shape to run that far now), which definitely puts us outside our comfort zone, especially with less than 6 weeks to train. But as Lynne (my coordinator from CIEE) likes to say, "When you are out of your comfort zone, you are in a learning zone." And what are we doing in this world if we aren't trying to learn something new? So 10K it is!
Here´s the training schedule:
Two things I absolutely refuse to give up: chocolate and wine. I'm not giving them up because I like them. And I'm not into deprivation. So they stay. Don't judge me :-p
Plus, if I follow the mantra "all things in moderation" they shouldn't be a problem. I'm also a fan of this chica's diet motto, which basically says that if you use portion control, and only eat when you are truly hungry, you can enjoy all the foods you love and still maintain a healthy lifestyle.
And what's the end result I'm looking for here? Well it took my a long time to learn this, but fitness cannot be measured by a number on a scale and happiness should not be directly correlated to your jean size. I'm not looking to reach a certain weight or drop a certain number of inches around my waist. What I'm wanting is to feel "springy."
Yeah, you know the feeling I'm talking about. The one where you feel light and energized and ready to conquer the word. That feeling of being nimble and quick and prepared to take on anything. Where you can just pop out of bed, and hit the ground running. Springy. Yep, that's what I'm looking for. And if I lose a pound or two and tone up a little in the process, awesome, but those are just the lovely side benefits of the overall springy effect I'm going for.
(P.S. I'd also like to run an average 9 minute mile for this upcoming race...but since its my first 10K I'm not going to worry over much about getting the perfect time)
So without further ado, here are a few pictures of my training process so far (Sydney and I actually started our running schedule together last week), along with my favorite motivational quotes.
And just so you know, I used pixler to give these pictures that cool vintage-y feel.