Ok, I’m two days late, but I’ve got good news: I’m ahead again! I finished up the month of August feeling really good with 116.4 miles. That means that after my trail run on Sunday morning I was at a total of 684.6 miles out of the 663.9 Eat my dust Pace Bunny!
I also had a 10K race earlier in the month. I was super excited to participate in the Hop River Run here in Andover, CT. At first I was a little nervous because I hadn’t been training at all and was afraid that I would either a) take it a little too easy and end up disappointed in my finish or b) take it too hard and end up hurting myself. There was an option of a 5K, which was run last year and the previous year’s results looked like I’d do well, or a 10K which would be a first time race. I had a hard time deciding; do I opt for the shorter but faster race or the longer but slower race? In the end I went for the 10K and I’m glad I did! I easily set out with the lead pack and before the second mile had pulled away from the crowd. Two men were ahead of me in sight until the turn around. I remained in third place, running all alone, until the finish. I held a solid pace the entire way. I finished third over all and first for the women. I was about 30 or so seconds ahead of 4th place and about a minute to a minute and a half ahead of the second female. My time was 44:26. Not great, but a solid run and not bad for a first time event. It certainly boosted my ego and reignited that fire to get me out the door and running. I needed that more than anything. I also won a nifty running cap with LED lights in the brim in lieu of a trophy. Super cool.
It’s been hot, it’s been humid, but I’m going to push on through the rest of this year and complete my goal. Only 4 more months to go!