I had a dream nearly 5 years ago to run the Monument Avenue 10k. After putting it off, I decided to sign up this year and I finally ran it over the weekend.
I began my training back in the latter part of December. I remember thinking it seemed so early to start training. But with the wacky weather in Richmond, it turned out to be just right. I ran my butt off and many times questioned why I actually signed up for this race.
However, the feeling when I crossed the finish line was all worth it. All of the out of breath moments and feeling like I couldn't continue just disappeared when I was running the race. It was amazing at the amount of energy I could feel. The energy that kept me going long after what I was used to in my training.
I feel like I did an amazing job on this race, especially considering I never actually ran more than 4 miles during my whole training. During the race my foot started going numb after mile 2, so I stopped to get water and loosen my shoe a little. After that everything was great. I got to mile 3 and started running again. From 3 all the way to the end, I only stopped to walk 4 city blocks. And my most proud achievement was running from mile 5 all the way to the end. It really set me up for a great time in my own first runner opinion. I finished with 1:19:56. I broke my B goal (80 minutes) by 4 seconds.
So basically I can't wait to run my next race in May and sign up for a few more later in the summer!