I met my first goal of running a 5K right after my 46 birthday. So, do I sit back an enjoy the accomplishment of finishing my first race despite the heat and the last half of the course being entirely uphill? Of course not! Instead I start planning to run a 10K race at the 5K finish line!!
I read an online post from another runner who said they wanted to run a 10K on October 10, 2010 because of the uniqueness of the date. Hmmm, a 10-10-10-10K. I loved this idea so I immediately set out to find a race. Not so easy in June because many of the fall race schedules aren’t posted yet.
After much due diligence I found one: the Boo! Run for Life (www.boorunforlife.com). It’s not only a 10K run/2 mile walk, it’s also a fundraiser for renal cancer research.
So, during a heatwave and in one of the hottest summers on record, I’m out trying to build up my endurance and distance. I sure hope we don’t have a drought and if we do, it’s probably partially my fault from all the water I’ve been drinking to hydrate.
I talked to my biz partner, Molly, and the D2DInc staff about putting together a team to participate. We’ll get shirts and show our D2DInc spirit at the race. Almost everyone is on board to participate in some fashion (I’m still working on the rest). We’re using the opportunity to raise additional money for charity.Â Robyn Loube, a D2DInc employee, suggested the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc and put together a page to raise money for them. We’re well on our way to our $500 goal, and of course we want to exceed it. So if you want to help support our team, visit our fundraising page located at www.firstgiving.com/robynloube.
I somehow managed to recruit additional folks to participate in the October 10K. If you’re interested in joining us, let me know. [Maybe I missed my calling and should be a race director. Who knows? There’s still time for a second career.]
The 10K race is closes after 1.5 hours. I really have to get my act together so I meet or beat this time. I don’t want to get to the finish line after everyone else goes home.
I’m really looking forward to this challenge and know with the help of my “coaches” (Melanie & Orlando), and my friends, I will achieve my goal of running a 10K race.
Knowing my history, I’ll probably do something stupid at the finish line and declare I’m training for a half marathon next spring. Or maybe I’ll read my training posts before the race and reconsider.