This Sunday I ran a 10k for the first time, ever. Prior to Sunday, the farthest I had run was 2 miles in one go. As most of you know, I signed up for the Ragnar Relay. Part of the registration process is running a 10k for time. So I've known about this for a few weeks now and by the time Sunday rolled around I was a nervous wreck. My heart was racing with anxiety as a stepped into the gym and I hadn't even done anything yet. I told myself if I could run the first 5k straight, I'd be happy with that and then I could do walk-run intervals the rest of the way. No way did I think I could run for about an hour without having to either a) stop for a breather or b) walk part of the way.
Surprisingly, by the time I was approaching the 3 mile mark, I was feeling good. Sure, I had blisters on my feet that were fit to bursting and that wasn't particularly comfortable, but I was able to keep a steady pace despite that and wasn't really fatigued. I thought by the time I made it to the halfway point, my breathing would be hella labored, my legs would feel like they were about to collapse, I'd have a stitch in my side...but aside from the blisters I didn't have much else in terms of discomfort.
Needless to say, I didn't do walk-run intervals, I ran all but 2 blocks of the 10k. And the only reason I had to walk those 2 blocks was because my foot cramped and I needed to stretch it out in order to keep going. Since I've never run even close to this distance, my finishing time of 70:56 is a PR. I ran for over an hour, which is something I never even dreamed would be possible. Armen has been telling me over and over to trust my fitness; that what we do in our daily workouts is way harder than running a 10k. Well, he proved to be right. I have the mental toughness and physical ability to push through brutal workouts, so pounding the pavement for about 71 minutes just required me to ignore any boredom that started to creep in. Next time you find yourself doubting your fitness, I'd encourage you to stop doubting and just go for it. You might surprise yourself, I definitely did.
P.S. My calves aren't particularly fond of flexing right now so you might see me doing the grandma shuffle around the gym this week...so bring your best old lady/gimp jokes to class.
Jeff aka Roadrunner and Leo racing back to the gym in a recent workout
A. EMOTM 8
1 power clean
*work up to a heavy single
B. AMRAP 6 minutes:
30 second hollow hold
15 push ups
10 hang power cleans (155/103)
*rest 3 minutes
Posted by Megan