My First Monument Avenue 10k

The Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond, VA is the first 10k that I’ve ever run. It takes place along the most famous street in Virginia.

Hey there folks! Happy Hump Day! Sorry for the silence over here, there’s been some personal stuff going on, but things are finally getting back to normal.

I wanted to take some time today to chat about running my first 10k two weeks ago. Running a 10k was something I never thought I would be able to do. A few years ago I started small by running a 5k twice, and it pushed me to put running a 10k on my bucket list. And there it sat. A “maybe one day” thought on my list, but something I still didn’t think I would ever actually be able to do. Until I started my new job and started working with a personal trainer at the company gym. That first session with the trainer really opened my eyes to what being healthy and in shape was all about. I learned that I had bad cholesterol, slightly high blood pressure, and a terrible BMI for a 26 year old woman and I wanted to change that. I started running two plus miles and doing a weight routine and saw great improvement, I even started looking into doing another few 5k’s.

A few weeks later, I was talking about all the 5k’s and my gym routine with a coworker  and she said she was looking for a running buddy and suggested we start running together. I was really nervous at first since this girl used to run cross country and was in much better shape than me, but I did it any way. On our first run we ran almost 4 miles without stopping and I didn’t die. Then a few days later we made it the full 4 and I was hooked. I also decided what the hell! if I can run 4 miles without dying then I can run another 2 and actually complete a 10k. So for two months I trained with my coworker, and by myself, until March 28th when I finished my first 10k. Monument Ave 10k

I’m not going to say it was easy, because that would be a total lie. It was hard and it was 35 degrees outside. I’ve never been so sweaty but been able to see my breath at the same time. There were times I thought I was going to vomit and I was sore for 2 days after, but I did it! I pushed through my mind telling me to give up and accomplished something that last year I never thought I’d be able to do. The energy of the people around me and the early 2000’s rap playing on my iPod pushed me and I’ve never been so proud of myself! 10k complete

My final time for the race was 1 hour and 4 minutes, which I think is pretty good! Especially since my first mile was almost 13 minutes because the starting line was so crowded. (That’s one thing I wish I had done differently. I started in the slowest running group and there were 1,500 people in it. If I run the Monument 10k again I will definitely start in a smaller, faster wave). 10k results

Accomplishing something that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do has inspired me in so many more ways too. I’m learning to push through being tired at the end of the day to clean the house or work on a project, instead of just vegging out in front of the tv. I’m learning to push through cravings so that I make better food choices. And I’m learning that I’m capable of a lot more than I think I am. Getting fit has been a life changing event for me, and this 10k was the catalyst of it all. Monument 10k

I’m also pushing myself even harder and will be running a second 10k at the end of April. This race is smaller than the last one and has more actual runners rather than walkers, so I’m hoping that will help push me. I would love to run this race in under an hour, another thing I never thought I’d be able to do! I’ve been in the gym running and pushing myself to be faster and I will let you guys know after the 26th how I did!

Also, if you’re interested, I use the app MapMyRun to keep track of my runs. You can add friends, join challenges, and save a record of your workouts. I also love that it alerts me each time I run a mile, gives me my time for that mile, my total time, and my average time per mile. It’s a great resource to help keep a steady pace and set personal goals. I used it for this 10k and for all of my training runs. MapMyRun 10k

I know this post isn’t something you’d typically see from me, but this blog is about my attempts at life in general (see what I did there) and so I don’t want to skip over something because it’s not house or DIY related. Beyond that, I hope I can encourage someone else out there that maybe isn’t looking for a fitness blog but could use some motivation.

And thanks for those of you that have cheered me along via social media. You guys rock! 🙂

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8 Comments

  1. i love map my run! i don’t use it when i run with friends whihc i have been doing more of lately but i love it when i run alone!

  2. I love the running mentality that “I did 4 what’s 6?” That’s exactly how I did my first half marathon, so watch out. I did a leg of a marathon at 6.5 miles and then thought “what’s 13.1 miles after doing 6.5” and then I signed up for a half. haha

  3. Way to go! I’m planning on running my first half marathon this year. Its scary but fun to think of conquering the challenge. That is so awesome that you are already planning your next.

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