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Run 10 miles? Are you kidding?

June 14, 2010

I went running yesterday with a group of experienced runners that included marathoners, half-marathoners, tri-athletes, and me. How did a novice like me get into this group? I was fortunate to be invited by my friend Melanie. It’s a close knit group and you have to know someone to participate. I can only run Sundays through Thursdays, and the first group activity I could participate in was a 10 mile run on the C&O Canal in Maryland.

Run 10 miles? Are you kidding? I just seriously started running in April. Plus it was supposed to be 90 degrees and humid. I used to love running on the Canal when I was younger.  So, what the heck — I’m in.

You gotta love my guts, or as we say chutzpah. I agreed to go running with an experienced group to run 10 miles (out and back) and I just ran my first 5K race the previous Sunday. Keep in mind that I didn’t run the 5K without stopping. It’s all in the attitude I guess.

However, I’m not crazy.  I knew I couldn’t go the full 10 miles, even if I walked 7 of them. Plus, I’d probably lose daylight before I was done and we started in the morning. [Don’t most running events have time limitations for finishing?!?]

Anyway, I was very clear that I couldn’t keep up with the group and had no expectations that anyone would or should wait. The response — “absolutely you should come. Run whatever you can.” That’s runners for you. Very generous of spirit — at least the real ones.  They encourage and support each other, and help pick up the pieces when things don’t go as planned.

We set off early yesterday morning — meeting up at 7:45 am for a group picture. The troops were gathered and we headed down to the canal. Next thing you know we’re off. For a while I kept the group in sight, but then they were around a bend, over a hill, and that’s the last I saw of anybody until they started returning to the starting point. I went out 2.5K and turned around. I didn’t run the whole way, but ran most of it. The scenery was as beautiful as I remembered.

I finished my 5K and in spite of the heat and humidity (it was ugly), I ran faster than I did the previous week. Something to definitely be proud of. Naturally, I was the first person back, so technically I guess I won (LOL).

I love challenges and although I ran by myself this time, there will be a time when I can keep up. But before I start thinking about running 10 miles, I’m going to concentrate on my 10K race in October. I’ve got a lot of work to do before then.

It’s not far from a 5K to a 8K, an 8K to a 10K, a 10K to 10 miles, 10 miles to a half-marathon, and a half-marathon to a marathon. The next distance is just more steps and I’ll get there by running one step at a time.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Glenda permalink
    June 15, 2010 5:37 am

    Diana, This is a great article. Honest and encouraging to us beginners. 🙂

  2. June 15, 2010 5:07 am


    I loved your story it was great reading it. Diana you have such a drive and you will get there keep up the good work. I give you a lot of credit to get out there and to try to run that 10 miles. Drop me a line on facebook and let me know when you guys are running again I would love to join you guys. Have a great day.

    Rob Shepherd

  3. June 14, 2010 4:09 pm

    Diana, you have SO much chutzpah. SO proud of you for coming out to do that run. It sucked, even for those of us who’ve been running longer. Glad you were hardcore enough to do it alone. As much as you might be my Jewish mother, I am a proud mama of my little runner. 🙂

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