Hooray for my first 10k!
Today marks a great day for me in terms of my progress with running, as I've finally completed my first 10k. I definitely find that short distance and sprinting comes more naturally to me than long distance running, but have slowly been working on increasing my distance and pushing myself to achieve what I knew could. It all boils down to setting yourself realistic challenges and telling yourself you CAN do it. I find that a great motivational gym playlist and a positive mindset helps you to break through the wall when it gets tough. After a while you get into a rhythm and before you know it you will be achieving what you've set out to achieve - in my case, my first 10k.
Typically I run a 5k countryside route quite comfortably, so started off with the familiar route before venturing on to new terrain to complete the 10k. The sun was shining and I stopped at a beautiful field for a brief water break and a couple of stretches.
Whilst running is not my favourite way to keep fit - (I often have to psyche myself up to bite the bullet and crack on with it) - I absolutely love being able to take in fresh air and experience the beautiful views outside which are right on my doorstep.
The route is a mixture of off track, canal and roadside running so gives a nice bit of scenic variety to what is quite a long (for me anyway) stint. I record my progress on the Mapmyrun app, to keep an eye on my progression and work out my future goals. Keeping a record of what you've achieved is also a great booster for those days where you need a little extra boost of confidence.
I made sure I really stretched out when I got home to try and minimise stiffness over the upcoming few days and lay with my legs up against a wall to try and drain some of the lactic acid which causes cramps and stiffness after working out.
I will be working on getting my 10k time down in the near future but am currently just applauding myself for tackling a big obstacle and pushing through. With a strong mind comes a strong body and the following saying I discovered on a fitness Instagram post rings true: Running, first you feel like dying, then you feel reborn.
Cheers to my first 10k!
Thanks for reading.
(A rather tired) Georgia.