On a recent morning that could only be described as glorious, I ran my first 10K. Slowly. I was kind of nervous about it since my body has continued to feel uncomfortable (polite euphemism for pain) from my tailbone/glute issues, and I really wanted to run the entire 10K even though there was a 5K option that was very popular. I felt the need to challenge myself with a new official distance due to my opting out on participating for the second time in the American Memorial Sprint Triathlon in my hometown, Greenwood Lake, N.Y. It was a difficult decision to make but the triathlon was beginning to feel more like an obligation than a fun event because I knew the week following the Sunday race was going to be intensely busy with 3 Wine Bar shifts and a SEEN gig. I’m really trying to be conscious of how much I load on my plate, in so many ways.
During the race, I continually had to remind myself to slow down during the first 3 or 4 miles because I was concerned that I would burn through my reserves too quickly and have nothing left with which to finish. It was a good plan and it worked. I didn’t run particularly fast (avg mile was 9:35), but I finished strong and my endorphins were kicking. The race was extremely well-organized and everyone involved was friendly and indulgent as I shot pics for the TU’s SEEN gallery. And, now that I have this one under my belt, look what I’m doing next month! I’m hoping my butt issues will be resolved by then and I’ll finish a bit faster. I’ll let you know how it goes.