My Journey To An Imminent 10k Race

A running list of thoughts, goals, fears and facts.
  1. The race is in Charleston, SC on April 1st.
    I committed to this race in lieu of my friend's sister who had to drop out.
  2. I haven't been running since last fall.
    Luckily, I've been a consistent runner for the past 7 years.
  3. My goal is to run 2 miles four times this week, 4 miles four times next week and 6 miles three-four times the final week before the race.
    This is definitely not an ideal situation.
  4. I crushed my 2 miles last night!
    At the end of 2 miles I pressed on and did an additional half mile.
  5. It was cold.
    I had snot coming out of my nose. It did make me feel slightly badass.
  6. Another 2.5 miles tonight.
    My calves felt like tight rubber bands. Overall - much better.
  7. Breathing in for 3 steps and our for 3 steps is my most consistent pattern.
    In for four and out for four is nice during the beginning of my runs but my lung capacity is too low to remain as such.
  8. I might be the only person at this race running while not listening to music
    Surely not
  9. I am oddly proud that I run without music
    mainly because I do not like holding my phone, having it strapped on my arm or the tempo music provides.
  10. I do not feel any pressure right now but I fear that other runners' paces could mess with my head space.
  11. Ran 4 miles this evening. Not good, not bad.
    I didn't drink as much water as I usually do and I ate McDonald's for lunch. Being ill prepared for field work pays a price.
  12. P.S.
    I did the best I could with an Artisan Grilled Sandwich. Also, I was in need of wifi.
  13. Stretching is key post run.
  14. Last night I ran 4.04 miles and was chased by a petite yapping dog.
    I measured the distance in Google Earth but I'm not sure if the tool accounts for hills. Regardless, this 4 miles was much easier than the previous.
  15. Updated plan: I think I will run 2-3 miles tomorrow morning, 2-3 miles Monday, 6.2 miles Tuesday, rest Wednesday, 3.2 miles on Thursday, rest on Friday, and race on Saturday.
    Whew.
  16. I typically do not like to eat before I run in the morning. With the race being mid-morning and a 10k I will probably need some fuel. Here are some ideas:
    Banana(s) with Peanut Butter, Spinach and Almonds, water water water.
  17. I guess I'll have to be smart about what I eat the night before as well...
  18. Last night I ran a brisk 2.5 miles to ease my way back in after the weekend.
    Oddly enough, my mind never really settled during the run. Hopefully this doesn't happen during the 10k race.
  19. My plan has been to run 6 miles this evening. After more deliberation, I think it may be too much too soon before the race this Saturday.
    I will run 4 miles and see how I feel about continuing to finish 6 miles.
  20. Okay, I ran 4.75 miles tonight. It felt great and I definitely could have kept going, but I'll save that for the race!
    And I swear, half of this run was uphill.
  21. I enjoy punching my arms out like Rocky to loosen up my shoulders and back.
    Except more of a downward angle.
  22. Made it to Charleston for the race tomorrow.
    And everyone running tomorrow is drinking.
  23. You have to watch the Fun Run episode before your own fun run!
  24. Lined up for the race!
  25. Finished the 10k with a time of 48:58! And didn't throw up!