I signed up for this run, not only for the amazing cause that it supports, but for the fact I had not done a 10k since June of 2016 and this one worked out with my schedule.
I had heard mixed reviews from all levels of runners about this run. I went in with my training with eyes wide open and just to go out and have fun. On Sunday I said the victory was just showing up to the start line. I had no goals in time but to just beat my first ever 10k time, even if only by a second. I talked to my coach all week and just was telling him, I was unsure if my lungs could handle me going full speed, and expressed a lot of concerns. I had a lot of self doubt.
Run day, I met this amazing woman named Pat in the corral, she is truly a beautiful soul and we discussed the Toronto Island, running the Diva run, her age and everything in between. She showed me that age doesn’t slow one down nor does getting a few new parts. She truly is an inspiration for just showing up.
This run, I knew right away I took off too fast and talked to myself to slow my pace down by the 3km mark. It was the first run that I can say I randomly just kept pushing myself to keep going, not to give in when my body wanted to walk. I slowed during water stations to grab some water, check my body to see if my puffer was needed.
At the 7km point the sun was out full blazing and I kept thinking, I am soon going to see my Tribe Fitness family and that will be the push I need. I know this cheer section is going to get me across.
When I finally saw Heather and the gang, coming up in the straight stretch this was the push I needed, the high fives and the fact I knew I had this. I was ready to almost beg one of them to run me home, I was ready to stop, my lungs were screaming at me, but I knew I had this. To anyone who has never heard of Tribe fitness please check them out, they are the real deal.
I crossed that finish line, was able to get my garmin stopped before I had 2 medics with me asking where my puffer was, I pushed myself. I had to have assistance in getting out of the way. Once I got my puffer in me, walked a bit, got some oxygen I was fine.
I turned the corner and saw Koren dancing, she had yet to go and get her medal, she waited for me so we could go together. She was yelling out to me about my new PB. I was still grasping that I did this run, by more running than walking, faster than I was thought I could do.
The light went off. I searched my time and realized I had a new PB. I took 12mins and 29 seconds off my previous 10k time. I still was in shock, and not sure it was true.
So this positive run and everything that came with pushing myself a bit farther in being uncomfortable has me mentally prepared for my Ottawa Marathon weekend half. I know I can do it, I know that digging deep is just that digging deep.
So I’m now preparing mentally and physically for my next challenge, Ottawa Half marathon.