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My take.

Rather than go through a minute by minute replay (which would take you 70 minutes to read) I thought I'd share some of the awesomeness from Saturday.  In bullets:
  • 10K is always longer than I think it is.  When I rounded the bend and saw that I'd only passed the 1K mark I almost stopped.  I was already tired.  But not stopping was so much more excellent.
  • The crowds cheering us on are Ah. May. Zing.  Seriously.  At points where I was most tired the crowd would start shouting and clapping and giving high fives and I was able to keep going.  So, whether you were cheering for me from afar (your emails, messages and tweets, btw) or standing on the side of the road giving me, a complete stranger, the will to carry on, thank you.  You are awesome.
  • The water stations are too few and far between.  But when you get there, it's like heaven.
  • I ran a full 7K without slowing down to a walk.  That may be my record.
  • When I did slow down, my legs felt like jelly and I briefly thought they might collapse under my weight.  Note to self:  Slowing down to a walk after 7K is dumb.
  • I can't believe that people run full marathons.  They are superheroes.  And also crazy.
  • A good playlist can make a world of difference.  Mine was only so so.   There we a couple of gems on there though, so next time I'll be prepared.
  • I set a goal for myself in January.  I followed through.  It is literally the best feeling in the whole world.
  • The day after my whole body hurt.  Every muscle that can throb is still throbbing.  But on the HUGE upside, my knees aren't in pain.  Did you hear what I said??  MY KNEES DON'T HURT!
I'm not sure it'll be anytime soon, but I will run 10K again.  Maybe next time with a buddy.  Anyone interested?
May 30, 2011 - 12:33 pm

Kris - You are amazing! Way to go. 🙂

May 30, 2011 - 2:38 pm

Coline McWilliam - Very proud of you Shannen! You did it and will do it again.

May 31, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Carole - Congrats, Shan! That’s amazing! I wish I had signed up. I’d do it with you next time for sure!

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