Bring on the Capital 10 K, I am ready.
Sunday morning with my two daughters for moral support I walked the Capital 10 K “Route”. Not only did I finish it but I set a new personal best for 10 K, 2 hours and 9 minutes. The first half or 5 K is almost all up hill. At the very least for me it has two challenging hills. My time for the first 5 K was 56 minutes. The first time I have walked that distance under an hour.
Now before I go too crazy let me put this into perspective. The winner of last week’s Houston Marathon, Tariku Jufar had a time of 2 hours and 6 minutes. All he did was run 26.4 miles in about the same time it took me to go 6.2 miles. But I was overjoyed.
MENTAL ATTITUDE. So let us go back in time. October 4th I turned 65 years old. I was barely walking 2 K at a time. I wasn’t convinced I could walk a 5 K and I didn’t have a positive feeling about the Capital 10 K. James Russell tells me one morning that I am over thinking this and I have not really pushed myself. “Quit measuring everything for just once. Stop calculating the route before you walk it. Pick a spot without knowing how far… walk out and back. Then see how far you walked.” Distance 5.5 K. Alright point taken.
Then on November 19th Michele and I walk the Freedom Run at Camp Mabry. Wow what a hill at the end. But we finished 1 hour 8 minutes. Next December 18th the Reindeer Run 5 K also at Camp Mabry but minus the really bad hill. We finished 1 hour 4 minutes.
Hills! I hate hills…But I have to get over it. Literally! So I start walking the steep hills near our office. Then December 31st, I decide it is time to do walk 10 K. Enter James….”be reasonable on your first 10 K, stay on the Town Lake Trail because it is basically flat.” I finished in 2 hour and 33 minutes. Boy that was tough. More mid week short walks up more hills. 8 days later I decide to walk a modified Cap K, walking 10 K but only one set of hills. This time I finish 2 hours and 29 minutes. It was tougher and I was really weak at the end. Then seven days later I decide to walk 5 K over the first set of hills that are part of the Cap 10K. Time 1 hour 2 minutes. My time was improving but I was really hoping to get a 5 K under an hour. That brings us up to Sunday 01/22/12.
I have walked three 10 K walks in 22 days. My attitude has changed. Don’t get me wrong, I am still not fond of hills. But on November 19th at Camp Mabry I stopped on the hill because I couldn’t make it up the hill. Sunday after walking 4 K over the first set of hills, I started up the hill on Enfield and told myself I got this. I can do this. With eight weeks to go before the Capital 10 K I know I can do this.
But I don’t think Tariku Jufar has anything to worry about.
Happily Married to Michele and living in central Texas.