During the Labor Day weekend, I participated in a 5/10 mile virtual run hosted by Mommy Run Fast. It was my choice whether I wanted to run 5 or 10 miles. I chose 10 miles. It was just instinct for me to choose 10 miles. I’m training for a half marathon that is toward the end of October. So I wanted to make sure I am healthy and have the endurance to be able to finish the race. I’ve ran in one half marathon that took place early this year. But I hadn’t run that much since then.

I was really excited for this run; more than I had been in a long time. Running was turning into a chore for me and I didn’t want that. I really do love running but more so when I’m not focused on a certain amount of miles in a certain amount of time. I like just going out there and enjoying my “me” time.

I started out feeling good; a little slow but I expected that. By the end, I was surprised I had gone that far. I was a little bit tired, but it didn’t feel forced like it had before. I was smiling, cheering myself on and very strong. I missed that. I love knowing that I can do anything I put my mind to. It’s always in our head. We need to talk ourselves out of the negativity and always focus on becoming our best. Easier said than done, right? As long as I take it one day at a time, I can look back a few months and say, wow I couldn’t do that or run that far back then.

Mile 1: 11:30 min/mi

Mile 2: 11:01 min/mi

Mile 3: 10:55 min/mi

Mile 4: 10:27 min/mi

Mile 5: 10:06 min/mi

Mile 6: 10:16 min/mi

Mile 7: 10:23 min/mi

Mile 8: 10:22 min/mi

Mile 9: 11:02 min/mi

Mile 10: 10:34 min/mi

Final time: 1:46:53

When you do something you enjoy with others even though it is “virtually”, it can motivate you to keep your goals in check and maybe set some new goals.