Just popping in with a quick update to say -
Woohoo! I did it! The 10k was yesterday, and I can check it off of my list now!
It was a beautiful day, but 10-15 degrees warmer than any day I've gone running in preparation for this race. That made it a little harder, especially in miles 3 and 4. I also didn't do the best job pacing myself (running about 25 seconds per mile faster than usual) - I had lots of butterflies beforehand and the closer it got to race time, the more excited I got.
Still.... I finished 5 minutes faster than my estimated time - which was pretty exciting!
The best part - my family coming to see me! I got to see them at 4 different points during the race, and my sweet husband even ran with me for a bit of the last mile so he could check in on how I was feeling and give me some encouragement to make it to the end. And there's nothing like having high fives from your kids or having them run alongside for half a block!
Next up, increasing speed! I'm running a 5k in May, and I need to set my time goal for that race. I'll have to go back and look at my old 5k times, my current 5k pace, and figure out a good goal to work towards. Although I'm not excited about hill repeats and track workouts, I know they are good for me! And when I reach that goal it will all be worth it!