August 5, 2013

Scioto Miles 10 Miler

I've decided 10 miles is the perfect race distance.

About a week ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that her husband couldn't run the Scioto Miles 10 Mile race and if anyone wanted it, she would transfer it to their name. Since Jess's wedding is this weekend (!!!!) I figured it might be good to get in a long race. She transferred it to my name last Monday and I was at the starting line at 7am yesterday. Needless to say, I didn't train much for this race in the way of getting many miles in. I've only ran about 5 miles at a time since my last half marathons in 2011 but I figured I could walk if I needed to. I also knew I could be running more than 5 miles at a time but I didn't really have any "need" to and this would be a good way to push myself and see if I still had it in me. Good news: I did!

The weather was perfect, the course was easy but with enough hills to make it a little bit of a challenge, and I ran it in 1 hour, 40 minutes, averaging 10 min/mile. I could have gone faster but, like I said, I didn't train so I didn't know how I was going to feel. I felt AWESOME afterwards and like I could have kept going had it been a half. I knew running this race would make me want to run more (since that's how I roll) and as soon as I got home, I started looking up local half marathons coming up. I found one at the end of August, the weekend before football season starts, that I registered for this morning. I've caught the racing bug once again!