It's Monumental

Monday, March 30, 2015


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!





14 comments:

  1. Good job girl!!! You rocked it!

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  2. That's so awesome! Congrats!

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  3. So proud of you!!!! Great job!

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  4. Wooohoo! You go girl! Great job!

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  5. Yeah, get it! I'm training for my first 5k now, so this is so inspiring!

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  6. Hooray! So proud of you for doing this! We're doing a 5k with my family in May and although I can't run, I'm looking forward to participating in it!

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  7. Thank you so much! I loved running it!

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  8. Thanks Janelle, and thank you for your encouragement along the way!

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  9. Thank you Jen! You are honestly very inspiring to me. I'd love to be able to sign up/run as many races as you have!

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  10. Thank you Elizabeth! I am very proud of myself!

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  11. Oh, I'm so glad that I'm inspiring! I still feel like an amateur and trying to figure it all out!

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  12. You will do great even if you don't run it. You are going to do much better than everybody standing along the sidelines!

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