A few weeks ago I posted about how I was using the miCoach app on my iPhone to help me train for the Oxford Town and Gown 10K this past weekend. And it was working great. But, the reality is that sometimes life gets in the way and the miCoach can’t shout at me to go out and run when my headphones aren’t in my ears. So, I’ll admit that I lost a little motivation over the past month and my training regimen was well, a little less regimented.
But, I did it. I have finally run a 10K race. Throughout my life, I’ve actually registered for a number of 10K races only to pull out at the last-minute due to injury or frankly something better coming up like a nice trip somewhere. But, this time, I’ve followed through and actually done it. And, it felt really good. Well, that last couple of km didn’t really feel good as I was breathing heavily and struggling to run over uneven terrain. But, crossing the finish line was a great feeling. Despite my lack of training over the past few weeks, I managed to finish just shy of my goal of 60 minutes finishing in 61:23. Certainly, if I’d kept up with my training better I could have done sub 60 min.
Next up is the challenge of running a half marathon and I’m registered for one in October. Plenty of time to get back on the training wagon and buddy up with miCoach again. This time though, I think I’ll just be happy to finish as I’ve never run that far in my life. Although I think I’d also like to not finish behind a man dressed as a monkey. Yes, really. Despite running flat-out at the end of the 10K, I could not catch the monkey man in front of me. Oh, the shame.