10 miles…done!

I think I’ve turned a corner as far as my running goes. I am training for a half marathon at the end of April. I’ve run longer distances before, but I have never really considered myself a runner. I thought of myself as a charity runner – since this will be the 4th race I am raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’m not fast, I usually do a run walk and in the past – when the going gets tough I would usually walk more.

But last week while running I made a challenge to myself. In the last 45 minutes, I just told myself – just keep going, if you get too winded, just run slower. And you know what? I did it! And it wasn’t that bad either!

During the week, I ran 3x and ran the whole time – @ 45 minutes and felt fine.

Yesterday – I had to run 10 MILES – and guess what? I ran the whole way. The only time I stopped was to use the bathroom, drink from my water bottle, or eat part of my Cliff bar.

So it got me to thinking about how the power of the mind works. If you believe in yourself – I think that gives you strength to complete things you didn’t think you could. Before I started training for this in early November, I couldn’t have run more than a block without stopping, yet now- I ran for 2 hours and 15 minutes – I think that is pretty awesome!

I am sore today, my calf muscles are tight and after sitting for a while I’m a little stiff – but if that’s all I have to deal with – I’ll take it!

And it was warmer and sunny and beautiful on the path today. My favorite parts are when you are close to the water. I train on the Chicago Lakefront path.

This is right when you get to Belmont Harbor. In the summer - you would see tons of boats docked here!

This part of the path is at Belmont Harbor. In the summer you would see tons of boats here. The sun on the water was so pretty!

This part of the path - there is a lagoon. You can take kayak or rowing lessons here in the summer. That would be fun!

This part of the path has a lagoon where you can kayak or take rowing lessons – that would be cool!

So – I still have 3 pretty sizable runs. I have to run 12 miles twice, another 10 miles and 8 miles – but my event is coming soon – April 28th!!!

So – if you can donate and help my husband and I reach our goal – here is our fundraising page. Congrats to my hubby David – he ran 16 miles yesterday!!! Great job!

And today is my wedding anniversary – we’ve been married 17 years!!! It doesn’t seem like it’s that long – or that I’m old enough to be married that long 🙂 Happy Anniversary David!


  1. Shelley B says:

    Wow Jenn, I am so proud of you, both in doing that 10 miles AND in calling yourself a runner, because yes, you most definitely ARE A RUNNER!!!

    I really get having to force yourself to keep running – since I started with intervals this go-round, in the back of my mind, I keep thinking that I “need” to walk. But you are right – just run slower, but keep running. Great job, and thanks for being such an inspiration!!!

  2. Lori says:

    Great job! You are going to crush the half!

  3. Joanne says:

    Happy anniversary and MAJOR congrats on the run! Running really is a mind over matter thing. If I tell myself I’m running 11 miles then I’ll mentally prepare myself to run it and be fine…then all of a sudden I’ll have the worst four mile run of my life and have no idea what happened! Definitely my mind playing tricks on me 😛

  4. Jacky says:

    Great job on the 10 mile run! And Happy Anniversary! Big weekend. I’ve come to realize that stopping or walking is no easier than to just keep on moving. It is all a mental game, the mind is what you need to beat.

  5. Helen says:

    There’s not one thing wrong with calling yourself a charity runner… whatever kind of runner you are congrats on getting that 10 miles done! And you are correct, part of running is the mental game and the longer the run is, the bigger that part is.

    Happy Anniversary!

  6. Yay. Way to go Jenn. And Congrats to you and your hubby on 17 years!!!! Have a great week.

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