I think it’s safe to say that my heart has not been in running lately…or ever.
I definitely didn’t put in the necessary training for a 10k this year and it definitely showed. That combined with the fact that this was a virtual race…well…about the only good thing that can be said about it is that I started and finished.
I committed to doing 13 races this year and, come hell or high water, I will do it. Sometimes that means that I have to get a little creative and thank goodness the idea of the virtual race has taken off recently because otherwise I wouldn’t have a medal to show for my efforts. But the thing is, aside from the medal (O.K., I may be a closet race bling type person), I don’t really like virtual races. There’s no excitement of race day, lining up at a starting line, having a balloon arch to run under at the end. Virtual races are nice for donating money to a charity or saying “I ran 13 races this year!” but, for me, they definitely lack that race feel.
Knowing that my heart wasn’t in it, I decided against having the start line be my front door. I had to get out of Dodge. I headed to the towpath knowing that if I ran away from my car for 3.1 miles, I would be forced to run back to it and a 10k would be under my belt.
I wasn’t prepared for how muddy everything would be though, which slowed my already untrained slow pace way down. Then I started having shin splints about 2 miles in. I kept on slogging until around mile 3.5, although by that time, my run/walk intervals were becoming way more like shuffle/walk intervals until I just came to the realization that I was probably going to do more harm than good if I continued to try to run that undertrained.
It turned into a lovely walk for the next 1.5 miles. I caught up on Facebook. I texted Dave. I checked out Twitter. It was quite delightful.
I decided that for the last mile, I would try to “finish strong” whilst not falling on my face. I was actually able to do 1 minute run/1 minute walk for the last mile without too much pain. I was quite happy that I finished like that.
Then I took the required pictures and drove home and downloaded my Garmin and chuckled at the elevation chart.
It’s the little things, people.
7 down, 6 to go.
Run Happy Virtual 10k, August 24, 2013 — Official Time 1:29:42