As the deadline drew closer, I was starting to wonder if I would be able to do it. I thought maybe I'd count two 5K runs on different days as my 10K. Or maybe I'd just not do it. It's not exactly official being a virtual run. No requirements to post a time or anything. But then I thought how lazy that is. I paid my money and would be getting that Mystical Pugicorn medal, so I needed to do something to earn it! (Hey, motivation! Nice to see you!)
I had the time and gumption to head out last Sunday. But I knew two things: this would not be fast and there would be much walking. In an effort to just head out and enjoy the time, I picked a scenic route with a fair amount of hills. (If I was going to walk, it would at least be uphill!)
I started heading down my usual morning running route. It takes me out near the lake, which I must say is GORGEOUS this time of year:
For my morning 3 milers (that I haven't done in how long?!) I run out this street for 1.5 miles and then turn around and head back. For my 10K, I instead headed into our state forest, passed another lake,
Once back on the road, I crossed onto a smaller side street, and again walked some uphills. I saw more horses, and a guy riding his bike with his dog running ahead (on a leash, he was responsible!).
My Garmin failed me on this run, as it seems to have forgotten where I live and never located any satellites. Is there anything more annoying than staring at this:
I'm so glad I dragged myself out for this run. The foliage was beautiful, I had some lovely scenery, and I felt super accomplished when it was finished.
Have you ever run a distance you weren't really fit enough for? Did you push yourself to the max, or take it easy like I did?