If you had asked me 4 weeks ago, would I be able to run 10km straight without stopping, I would have laughed in your face and said no way. I didn’t think it would be physically possible to get to a point where I could run 10km straight. I was just hoping that I could complete the race in less than 2 hours.
After running inside on a treadmill the first two weeks, I tried running outside on a Sunday morning. I was almost at the point of tears, because I couldn’t make it past about 1.5km of running. I had this feeling of dread inside of me that I wouldn’t be able to finish this race.
However, last week, I decided to run in the park outside my apartment and did loops on the track there. Somehow, I managed to run 10km for the first time. I wasn’t even aiming for 10km, but I just kept going and got into a groove. It felt a bit surreal that I reached 10km. Then, a few days later, I ran another 10km without any walking this time, and had a faster time.
Now, that my race is in less than 2 weeks, I feel much more confident and hopeful about it. I am actually looking forward to it! I am hoping to finish it in an hour. Thanks to my new nike+ running sneakers and ipod nano, I can track how much I run and the pace that I run at. It’s like my own running record. I’ll have to show my students, and compare it to their reading logs!
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