(Originally written July 1, 2016)

Happy July!

I completed my 1st 10k on May 7, 2016. It was challenging but invigorating enough that I want to do another one. It’s with the same race company I use a lot, Five Star NTP, and it doesn’t hurt that the 10k finishers receive a medal and the 5k finishers do not. I run for Bling, remember? I completed that 1st 10k in 1:36:14; 77th out of 77; dead last. But I still want to do another one. Isn’t that the way it is with us runners? It’s grueling going through it, but as soon as it’s over, we want to do it again!

This one will be Saturday, July 2nd in Sugar Hill, Georgia, about 30 minutes from where I live. It’s the Made in the USA 5k/10k. No, it’s not the Peachtree Road Race which is the famous race on July 4th in Atlanta. I haven’t mustered up the courage to tackle the Peachtree yet. It’s not the 6.2 that concerns me; it’s everything that goes along with it—60,000+ people, traffic, packed trains, etc. Think I’ll stick close to home this year.

My training is simple and has consisted of going to my local park to run/walk. I’ve been averaging 5 days a week, always in the morning because that’s the only time it is bearable being outside in late June in Georgia. (Gotta love the South!) Because of the heat, I’m also upping my water intake & loading up on high water fruit like watermelon (Yum!)

Anyway…I was doing 3-4 miles last week, then stepped it up this week when I realized I was only a few days away from July 2nd. My inner panic began: “You’re not going to make it Saturday. You’ll pass out on the course. You’ll DNF.” So my inner panic pushed me to a 6-mile day yesterday. My only 6-mile day this week. By the time it was over, I was one big sweaty mess, but it was done and I felt great (shortly) after. I know I can complete on Saturday even as scary as it feels sometimes. I’m taking today (Friday) off. My plan is to run errands today, then rest, get my gear ready for tomorrow, get dinner from one of my favorite places tonight & enjoy the other reason I love running — carb loading with Pasta!

See you on the other side of the road:)

Kerry