"I hate running"
"It's still so hot here"
"I'd much rather just go to the gym and get this done on the elliptical, at least it's air-conditioned in there and I can watch Doctor Who at the same time"
"I should wait and do it tomorrow"
"I could probably finish reading Outlander instead of running"
But the one excuse that I didn't have was tennis. We didn't have our normal tennis clinic Saturday and the weather (yesterday morning) was absolutely gorgeous. Plus, I wanted to have a true rest day Sunday.
I also knew that I wanted to try for a 10K and I am weird about races that I already have a shirt for. I wanted to be able to prove to myself that I could do it and I would earn the right to wear that really awesome Beat The Blerch tech shirt.
Somehow I managed to propel myself out of bed and get dressed. At first, I thought that I'd just do it up and down my street but after mentally counting how many laps it would take to do it, I opted instead to go to the park. My street is very very boring and there is usually some new construction going on further down and there's always rogue clumps of dirt, nails, debris all over the street that I really wanted to avoid. Also, there is no shade and at this time it was already 9:30 with the heat of the day heading our way and fast. At least with the park, there would be things to look at and plenty of shade in some areas.
|This is the only pic I took during the run yesterday|
But, since this was my very first 10k, it still counts as a PR, right?!
Oh, and I totally had to go potty really bad (TMI, sorry!) and I don't trust the bathrooms at the park. I went into a Best Buy on the way home. Wearing my medal. I totally did, I earned that puppy!
Looking back, I'm really glad that I did it but I also realize I need to build my stamina up again. So, I'll be starting C25K again. Since I have had success before with it, I may as well stick to it. Running is definitely not my favorite thing but its almost a necessary evil for me. And it will help with my tennis game and with conditioning so that's something I keep telling myself when I don't want to go. And I definitely do not foresee me running anything longer than a 10K but I will be aiming for a new PR eventually!
I'm a little bit sore today. Not nearly as bad as I was fearing but its the good kind of sore anyway. :)
*** edited to add, I just noticed that this was my 300th post!!!***