8 years ago Saturday morning I ran my first 10km ever, the Metlife Plaza Valentine’s Day run. My mom convinced me to run it with her. I had just started running again that January so 10km was quite a big deal. I Googled my times and I completed it in 59.32 – quite good if I do say so myself. The only reason I got under 1 hour was because my mom was with me the whole way yelling at encouraging me to keep running. With about 1 km to go I told her to go ahead I could not do it any more and she did, but then my competitive streak kicked in and I followed desperately trying to keep up, she finished bout 20seconds ahead of me. (It took me over 7 years to actually beat her in a race.)
I decided to do that race again this year and my goal this time was to do my fastest 10km. It is a flat course and there was minimal wind, so I felt it was possible. The fact that I had not actually run in 2 weeks did cross my mind but as one of my friends said at the start it just meant my legs were fresh….. it seemed to work – my official time for the 10km on Saturday was 56:04. (On my watch it was 56:01:32 – which made me wish I had actually looked at me watch in the last 500m). I am happy with that – they only other time I have gone quicker was in the Sunshine Coast Triathlon.
Just for the record, a year after that first 10km I ran my first half marathon. It was the 2 Oceans and a year after that I did my first Ironman. I still have not run a stand-alone marathon; it is a goal for this year.