I did it! For the first time ever outside! I ran 6.2 miles! I have my first 10K on Friday morning and I wanted to enter it knowing I had done it before. I was able to reach that goal on the treadmill back in OCT before I went to the states, but when I returned and tried running again, my hip was so bad I could barely walk. It still aches almost all the time but it is bearable.
I didn’t set out tonight intending to reach this goal. It was already close to 8:00 pm and I am actually thankful for the late hour sunsets Germany gets in the spring and summer. It still wasn’t full dark when I returned home an hour and 13 minutes later (I know… not a record-breaking time). But as I was running toward this lighthouse that has fascinated me since I started running outside, I decided to run TO the lighthouse and walk home. Well, I MADE it to this beautiful building, even though it was at the top of a very steep hill. Well, since I had gravity on my side I decided to run back. Everything was fine until I hit about 5.5 miles. The last .7 was killer, but I can say that for the first time in my life I ran 6.2 miles outside!! 🙂 And you can rest assured that I’ll be tagging T.J. and Corie in my FB status so they’ll be sure to see this. You see, when I started running, my end-goal was to run a 5K. They were brave enough to run with me, even though I am admittedly not a friendly runner. I do not talk when I run. I breathe. That’s about all I can manage to do while I run. But both T.J. and Corie, highly experienced, well trained runners, stuck with me through the end. I think they’ll both be super proud of me for doing 10K today!