Yup, I did it! To be honest, right now, I probably can’t run half a mile without stopping, but what the heck. I recently signed up for the Marin Monster 10k run! This means I’ll be attempting to run 6.2 miles. Not only is that a little crazy, but the first 2 miles is all uphill and half of that is UP uphill, I’m talking, you can’t see a few blocks ahead of you because it’s so steep! The run is the first ever 10k in Albany, CA. The race will start at the Albany Community Center and heads straight up Marin Avenue alllll the day to Grizzly Peak before looping down Spruce and Los Angeles and (at some point, hopefully still on my feet) making it back to the Albany Community Center for a parrrtyyy!
As nervous as I am, I’m very excited to have this goal to work towards. I’m also equally excited to get to know some of my fellow residents at the race and join them at their weekly run (in a few weeks when I can at least slowly jog a few miles). I’ve never been a fan of running, but I’ve always WANTED to be able to enjoy a good run…there’s no time like the present so here I go!
The Albany.org site gives more information including some great tips for getting your act together for this race, which I greatly need!
#1 - Increase your weekly mileage by only 10% (not more) to prevent injuries such as shin splints.
#2 - Wear good shoes for your ability and style. It is useful for a beginner to buy shoes at a store with a return policy (i.e. allows returns after running in the shoes). Sometimes that pain is not your form, or your level of experience, but the wrong shoes.
#3 - Have fun! If you are not having fun, you will quit. Go your own speed, take breaks, talk with friends. You are outside getting fresh air - that is always fun!
#4 - Avoid traffic. Be careful if you choose to wear headphones. You might not hear the cars.
#5 - Don't give up! You might feel lazy, but as soon as you lace up your shoes and get outside you will feel better.
Race date: September 21st, 2014. Register by calling 510-524-9283. $20, includes tee shirt and food.