It has been 1 year and 11 days since my first post about my journey into the world of becoming a "runner" and publicly declaring my goal to run a 10K race by my 35th birthday. Since then, I've completed the Couch to 5K training program and competed in two races: the 10% race of the 2011 TLV Marathon and the 5K race of the FICPA 1040K. A few weeks after the FIPCA race, I broke my foot. After 5 weeks of wearing a walking boot and contemplating surgery and another few weeks of taking it easy, I finally started running again. I signed up for the Nike Night Run Tel Aviv, a 10K race through the streets of Tel Aviv that starts at 8p.m. To prepare for the race, I used the "Ease into 10K" program, which is a continuaton of the Couch to 5K, but a couple of weeks into the program, I began to get a little bored and each run seemed to drag out and felt more like a chore than something I was enjoying. One day I decided to ditch the program and just see how far I could run without walking. It was an amazing day! I ended up running 5K that day and found that I could enjoy running again. I never went back to using the program.
I'm super excited that I could protentially achieve my goal tonight. Honestly, I know I could have done more. Now that I know what I'm capable of, I know I could (theoretically) be running longer distances. The broken foot definitely didn't help, but I know I didn't train nearly as hard or as often as I could have. I still feel like I've come a long way, though. And I'm proud of my accomplishments. Stay tuned for a recap of the race.