Apr 16, 2013

My First 10k

Yesterday, I was a little out of it because I was really sick.
I didn't really watch the news or read more into what had happened at the Boston Marathon. But today, it was full blown in my face and it made my heart heavy. Listening to the radio on the way to work made me ache for the people affected directly and indirectly.
It breaks my heart.
It strikes a chord not only because my heart goes out to the families and victims involved but I've found running to be a new hobby. It's a way for me to channel my inner thoughts and find strength within me to push myself to my limits.
I feel violated because running is a new found passion.
For someone to bomb the marathon is horrendous.
I can't even find the right words to say because it is so shocking.
I hope and pray that the Lord provides comfort to all the victims and those affected. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

On Saturday, I ran my first 10k EVER! And when I say ever, I mean, I trained but didn't train well. I ran a few miles everyday but didn't ever run the full 6.2 miles until the day of the race. I caution you to never do this if you are planning on running a 10k. The only reasons why I got through it is because I'm the most competitive person especially with myself and I listened to an audio book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I was so engrossed in the book and zoned out that I forgot what I was actually doing. I went into autopilot. I didn't even turn my app on that times me and notifies me after each mile. I just looked at my clock every now and then. I've been averaging about a 10 minute mile so I just figured I'd just watch the clock on my phone. I wanted to get done in at least an hour but being realistic I decided to give myself a time of 1:10. Our bib had a chip in it which timed our run for us. I was driving home and got a text message of my time. I was so happy because I made it under my goal. My time was 1:07:28. Not too shabby for my first time and I can't wait to improve. The best thing about racing is it's a competition between you and only you. 

{After the race, a hot mess and shaky legs!}

{After finishing we went to look at some of the booths}

{I did it and can't wait for another one!}

Before getting to my race, I had a rough morning. I couldn't find my keys which ended up making me feel rushed. For those of you who know me, I really don't like being rushed. I was being a crybaby and felt like I wasn't getting the support I wanted.  **please note I was being a crybaby** I get all the support I need and more. It was just one of those days.
I'm sorry Love!
While I was running, I realized it wasn't what anyone could do or give to me but what I could do and give to myself. At the end of my race on Saturday and the end of my race in life or better yet my journey in life, it will be just me.
How will I finish?
How will I show my kids how to persevere?
It's not how I started but how I finished.
I hope you set goals for yourself.
The sky really is the limit.
By mile 4, my legs were dying out but I thought of my kids, my husband and my family. I wanted to set an example for them. If I finish and show them that I can do this then I hope it shows them that they can do anything their little hearts' desire.
What are some of your goals you wish to achieve?
I hope you enjoy your day.
As gloomy as the past few days have been, let's all come together and find joy.
Let's hold our loved ones close and never let a moment pass us by without sharing our thoughts and feelings to those we love most.
I'm also linking up with Katie again.
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12 comments:

  1. Your first run time is excellent! I know you are much younger than I am, but my time on my first was 1:29:11. Congratulations!
    Laurie
    Lulu and Daisy

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    2. Thank you Laurie! It was definitely a huge challenge and I'm just glad I survived! :) I can't wait to train harder and race another one! Do you like running with a group or by yourself? I always like hearing other people's preference on training.

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  2. I really am so sad to hear about the tragedy in Boston. One of my friend's was running it and left 15 minutes before the bomb went off.

    I'm so excited for you running in your first 10K. That is SO awesome!! You do not look a mess, by the way, after your run...you look incredible!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad to hear she was out of there safe and sound. She must have had an amazing time! It still makes me so sick and sad to think about it. I bet you were so worried for her safety and her whereabouts.
      Thank you, I felt like a mess but so glad i finished. I'm ready for another one!

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  3. Congrats on your first 10K! That is impressive! Have you considered running a half?

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    1. Thank you Madalyn! Yes, at the beginning of the year, I set a goal to finish a half marathon by the end of this year! I still have a long way to go with training but I am working towards it. Have you done a half marathon? If so, any tips? :) Have a great day!

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    2. hi talisha..came across your blog!!!! its me florina...I love love love your blog I also run :) and will be running the san diego marathon june 2 2013... if u r interested I will train and run a half marathon with you...ps..long time no talk...

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  4. Great job, Talisha!! I am running my first 5K in June and I hope I can keep focused - I might have to consider NOT having my little App talk to me - not sure if she's good for me or driving me nuts ;) Keep up the great work and I love the thoughts you shared with us about perseverance, thank you!

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    1. Thank you Jenn. Good luck on your 5k. I'm glad I didn't have mine app on. It took some of the pressure I had on myself and I didn't worry as much about time until the very end. Thank you for stopping by! I always love when I "meet" new people! :) Keep up the good work and can't wait to keep up with your progress on your first 5k!

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  5. Congratulations on your first 10k! That is so awesome!!! It looks like you had a great time also!

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    1. Thank you Katie! It was great! I'm addicted now! :)

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