Monday, March 3, 2008

10K is how long?

As part of Project Sexxxy, my plan is to sign up for the 10K Sun Run with the BC Cancer Agency team. As a prelude to this crazy idea, I've been running about 3 times a week, slowly building up my endurance, in the hopes that I'll be ready for 10K by April.

So why haven't I signed up yet? Well, until this morning, I had some doubt as to whether I'd be capable of running 10k without keeling over . I didn't want to embarrass myself by passing out half way through the race! So far, I've been doing 4 and 5k runs, but that's HALF of what I'll have to do in April.

So this morning, I sucked it up, and decided to see what 10k felt like. The burnaby conservation area is made up of a network of paths, with one in particular that winds all the way around it for a total of 11k. I had lots of time, a dog that needed exercise, and the motivation to see just how LONG 10k really was.

And guess what? I DID IT! Well, essentially I did. I stopped to walk for about 0.5K due to some very nasty blisters (the rest of my body felt fantastic). I soon discovered that the blisters hurt less if I ran, and finished off the rest of the run. It felt soooooo good! Not once did I get a stitch, or a cramp or a "oh my god I can't breathe" moment, and I wasn't even dead at the end of it all. Obviously I had a good running day, and I know that doesn't happen all the time, but at least I know what 10k looks and feels like, and I know I am capable!

As you can tell, I'm pretty proud of myself today :)

(picture of burnaby lake from here )

1 comment:

ROADIE said...

GO AMY GO! I have NO DOUBT you will rock the sunrun :)

woot woot Project SeXXXy

I am also very very proud of you.

and now that i KNOW you can run 10K..........