Mary's Going with Guts!

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I participated in my first race!

Posted by msdon9 on May 2, 2010

Today, I ran 10K in the Long Island Marathon Festival of Races. I finished in 1:12:28. This is a little slower than I would have liked to finish, but still awesome because I was feeling great (despite the heat and humidity), and I did the very best that I could.

Posing with some teammates before the race began. That's me on the bottom right!

What helped me get through today’s run was clear… adrenaline, a good music selection, and a lot of hydration! I didn’t feel fatigued at all until the last mile or so. I did take a few short walk breaks (specifically so I could sip some water without spilling it all over myself and choking), but I felt that I was going at a good pace for me. Hopefully I will be able to increase my speed in time so I come a little closer to a 10 minute mile or less. Today’s pace was 11:50. My goal was to keep it under 12:00 today, and I did.

I now realize exactly how difficult a half marathon is going to be! As exhausted as I felt when I finished the 10k today is only half of  how exhausted I’m going to feel on June 27th in Boston. Still… I trust that following the schedule will get me where I need to be before then (physically, I mean) because it has worked so far. A month or so ago, I would not have been able to run 10K unless I was on fire.

My new friends at Team Challenge continue to inspire me. They truly are an amazing group of people!

One of many group shots of Team Challenge



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