On November 21st, the day after my 20th birthday, my friend Mary and I ran our first 10k! It was the Saving the Elephants Run in Central Park that raised money for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. In high school, I did a season of cross country but the longest race I’ve run was the 5k. On impulse, 7 weeks before the race, we signed up to run.
So after we signed up, I did a lot of research online to try to find a good training schedule. The one I ended up going with was from here, except since it was 8 weeks, we skipped the first week and went directly to the second. Also, to be honest, I was terrible at following the plan. I probably ran around 2-4 times a week and barely did any of the strength or cross training.
Race day, I was so nervous. School kept my really busy and I think I only ran once the week before the race so I was worried about actually finishing the 10k. My goal was to finish the 6.2 miles in an hour but I finished in 50:54! Mary and I were freaking out before the race started but afterwards, we decided it actually was less scary than we expected and was overall really fun.