The Hot Springs Spa 5/10K is quickly approaching. Like many in town, and throughout the state, I have been hard at work preparing to run the 6.2 miles of which the first 4 are all up hill. Did I mention it goes over the mountain? Oh, well, yes. There is a mountain involved. Here, “involved” means torturing the runners attempting to conquer it.
I began the journey of training for the 10K in September. The Spa Pacers, the running club here in town, puts on a clinic to help members of the community train for the race. I have been a member of the Pacers since 2008, when I started my running journey. They are the most wonderful group of people and give so much back to our community.
For the first 6 weeks or so of training, I cannot for the life of me figure out why I always return to running. But then, the 7th or 8th week rolls around and ah. There it is. The whole reason I love running- the people, the ease of moving, the challenge, the fulfillment of accomplishment. Knowing that you have accomplished something because you pushed yourself to do so is a wonderful feeling. It is a feeling that keeps you coming back for more. Truly, the runner’s high. And while mine is a delayed gratification, it is still fulfilling, none the less.
My first 10K was in 2009, this same race, and I completed it in 80 minutes at just under a 13 minute mile (in other words: S-L-O-W-L-Y). That’s an hour and ten minutes of running/walking. Last year I was 3 weeks postpartum when training began, so I ran the 5K. This year I want to complete the 10K in under 75 minutes. We will know tomorrow if that goal is attainable, since we are running the route for practice. Thursday we completed 5 miles in 57 minutes, so add another another 15 minutes to that … and I am thinking I can complete it in 72 minutes. Geesh. I sure hope so. That will be awfully hard for me, though. I am a slow runner. After this race I hope to prepare for a half marathon, which is 13 some odd miles …
Here is a map of the route:
I will update on the practice run tomorrow night.
Wish me luck!