I'm a runner

I trained, I ran and I conquered my first 10K bright and early yesterday morning. If you would've asked me a few months ago if I would've been up at 6 a.m. on a Sunday to run, I probably would've laughed at you. I really would have. Who knew that me, little old me, would be up to competitively run for fun!?!

I had big dreams of getting to the course at 6:30 to stretch and talk with other runners. It didn't quite happen that way because I hit snooze on my alarm until 6:10 and wasn't out the door until 6:35 and I live about 20 minutes from downtown. Luckily, I found a parking spot a few blocks away and walked up right as the marathon and half marathon runners took off.

Because I didn't want to run with a fanny pack (I don't own one anyway), I didn't take my camera but I think this video from Cleveland.com captures a lot of the excitement.

2009 Cleveland Marathon

I completed my first 10K in 61 minutes and without stopping. I felt pretty good throughout the whole thing the exception of the wind. The wind was pretty damn cold when we were in the shade, but it made me speed up to get the in sunlight.

Here's what I learned about myself:

1)Men twice my age were kicking my ass in really short shorts.

2)I don't think I really "dressed" the part of a runner. Some of these men and women only had shorts and tank tops on. I'll have to remember that at my next race and forget about my pants to look the part of a real runner.

3)I can run much longer than I initially thought I could. Hell, I wanted to take on the half marathon after I finished, which proves my point that anyone can become a runner at any point in their life.

4)I'm really hoping that all the benefits of running start happening to me, including slimmer legs, ass and thighs. Some of those runners had amazing legs so Self, feel free to lose the extra weight anytime. I'll be waiting and so will my white jean purchase.


Narm said...

Congrats - I was there - wish I would have seen you so I could have heckled you.

I still hate running.

Ashley said...

That's awesome! I definitely didn't have it in me to run this year, but so glad to hear you conquered the 10K!

Always a Bridesmaid said...

Way to go, chica! I can only imagine how your poor feet must feel today. (Speaking of feet... ahem... someone is still waiting on her prize...)

heisschic said...


The most i've run has been 5 miles- but i'm considering doing a half marathon in the fall. your "anyone can become a runner" is kicking my ass into gear.

so yea, once again- congrats, and thanks for the motivation.

PomJob said...

Congratulations! The most I've run is 4 miles - does it get easier?

Allison M. said...

Narm - only if you had a beard would I want you heckling me.

Ashley - thanks. next year I'm onto the half marathon.

Always a bridesmaid - I know, I know, but I will try to remember to give them to Xtina tomorrow.

Heisschic - yes, you can do it.

PomJob - yes it does. I try to pace with other people so I stay focused.

raven said...

Any advice for a non-runner as to how to start? I've never been a runner and if anything just stuck to sprints. Possibly the longest I ran without stopping was a mile? Sad, I know.

Katelin said...

congrats allison that's awesome! i wish i was a runner. instead i'll just stick to marathon walking, haha.

Anonymous said...

Just think ...If you run from now until the snow flies you might get that volleyball body back!!!!..Congrats Dad

Katie said...

Congrats! That is no small feat. Revel in your victory.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations! So, are you going to run the half marathon next year?

wekeepsaying said...

i am definitely not a runner, which is odd considering my favorite sport as a kid was soccer. my body is falling apart and i'm only 21, i need to find something that doesn't beat up on me so bad!

congrats though, it's really commendable to be able to do that and something to feel great about!

Fizzgig said...

61 minutes is really good! its awesome that you were able to suprise yourself!

The Modern Gal said...

Way to go! That's awesome!! and such a good time.

John Ettorre said...

Congratulations, Allison. And good luck on conquering the half-marathon next. The training and discipline required for that will surely spill over into every corner of your life.