Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend.
I’m linking up with Katie to share in some Monday marvelousness.
Marvelous is… running my first race!
As many of you know, on Saturday I ran the Toronto Women’s 10K at Sunnybrook Park. It was amazing to run with hundreds of other marvelous women who clearly motivated me to set my personal best. The course was calming and beautiful… I really wanted to snap pics but I was too focussed! hah!
My heart was beating out of my chest at the starting line. With my adrenaline pumping, I ran the first kilometre a bit too fast. I focussed on my breathing and maintained a good pace for the next while. I hit a bit of a wall at 7km but caught a second wind at 9km and ran my tush off to the finish line!
I tweeted, facebooked and instagrammed a little early so after checking the official results online [here] my updated and official time is 46:40. I placed 10th of 429 runners and first in my age group (20-25 years). I definitely surprised myself (and my parents) as I crossed the finish line about 6 minutes faster than my best training time. Was I not pushing myself hard enough while training?! Nevertheless, I am extremely happy.
Marvelous is… loving and supportive parents.
Love you guys — thanks for supporting me in all that I do and waiting at the finish line!
Marvelous is… running… most of the time.
My running thoughts usually go like this:
Should I go?
Ugh no, I won’t go.
Okay, I’ll go.
I’ll feel better if I go.
This is hard.
Oh wow I can do this.
That was awesome.
Marvelous is… more races!
I just signed up to run the Color Me Rad 5K on Saturday with my friend Kevin. It looks like such a fun race!
Marvelous is… working hard and getting better.
Six weeks ago, the furthest I’ve ever run was maybe 5km (3.1 miles) so I am seriously happy with my running progress and want to keep going… half marathon?! Ah just maybe! Running has revived my competitive fire and I am excited to see what other adventures await.
Hope you have a very marvelous Monday :)
ps. These cranberry almond bars are also pretty marvelous! In case you missed the recipe yesterday click here!
Runners… do you find your race times to be faster than your training times? How do you motivate yourself when you are training on your own?
What else do you enjoy to stay active? How do you push yourself doing these activities?
What was marvelous about your weekend?