Army Ten Miler has always been one of my favorite races since moving to the area. It’s my favorite distance (10 mile) and it’s absolutely great environment!!!
I had an amazing time with my training partner. Originally we set a goal to run 2 hours or less.. in the week leading up to the race, some really crazy things happened and we agreed we would take it easy and just finish. Long Run NOT race it.. We could have probably made our 2 hour time goal if I didn’t take a potty break at mile 2.. LOL Moving on..
It was a big race for me but I treated it as my long run. I was scheduled to run 10 miles as my long run anyway as I prepare for the Richmond Half. So to do this with 35K run buds was awesome. I ran without my watch and I didn’t turn on any apps from my phone. I ran solely off of my body and how I felt. A few times she said to me SLOW DOWN this is supposed to be easy LOL but my body was feeling good! BUT I listened.. this was an easy long run so I did that and slowed down the pace. We reviewed some splits and yup.. after that potty break at mile 2 the next 3 miles I really did push the pace.. OOOPS She wore her watch and I didn’t so I had no idea we were clearing sub 11 min miles my bad.. We went back to running 12-13 min miles and we finished, upright without injury.
Mentally I got over a huge hump. After being injured and not really being able to run I couldn’t believe that I did the 10 miles without injury. Soreness yes.. but no injuries. *DOES A PRAISE DANCE* Emotionally I was torn a few different ways in this race. It was the first race my homie Cheryl & I ran together as a team back in 2010.. Her birthday is also on Wednesday of this week and had she been with us.. she probably would have run it. I’m going thru a major personal turmoil and this run helped to settle a few things in my spirit. that’s a lot of alone time for 10 miles and well a lot of clarity can come from it.
I got to see a lot of folks who I respect in the running community and a few of my friends complete their longest race to date. Just an overall awesome time and experience and despite it being crowded VERY WELL ORGANIZED.
If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter I posted a few pics there.. Today I will rest, ice & stretch some more. Tuesday I will do a shake out run or rest depending upon what my body says.. Training continues.. I’m RICHMOND BOUND.