30 Days: Learning how to improve

It’s only a week into the 30 Days and I already skipped a post. Sorry folks, I was busy running a 10K, celebrating my victory, getting sick possibly from dehydration, and really enjoying an awesome vacation in Charleston with some amazing people.

These past couple of days have been chock full of motivation, obviously including the race itself. Beyond that, I was motivated by the friends I was running with and by all of the people I met or ran next to. There were people twice my age, half my age, people who have overcome serious illnesses or injuries, people who were running for a cause, people who were running just because. It was amazing to see. Just imagine 40,000 people with unique stories coming together to run for 40,000 different reasons.

I knew I would be inspired, but the run far exceeded my expectations. I’m also overwhelmed with pride. I can’t believe I did it. I even beat my personal record for a 10K!

I also learned so much from this race about ways to improve my training to do even better on my next run. I will definitely prepare better for my next race by staying motivated to continue running regularly. Losing my consistency for the past couple of months was detrimental to my running and I didn’t notice how quickly I could regress if I didn’t keep up with running religiously. I need to stay motivated to continue a strict running regiment. By doing so I can make so many improvements for my next race or even just for my running in general.

For now, I only need the pride I feel from completing my first 10K to motivate me to keep going. As promised, here are some photos of the amazing day:

I set out all my stuff the night before so I could get ready quickly the next morning.
I set out all my stuff the night before so I could get ready quickly the next morning.
Early morning before the race
Early morning before the race
Finishing up the last mile!
Finishing up the last mile!
I was so proud and happy!
I was so proud and happy!
At the finish line!
At the finish line!
You can't tell but both of our mouths are stuffed with bagels and we're double fisting other free food we took.
You can’t tell but both of our mouths are stuffed with bagels and we’re double fisting other free food we took.
Beautiful Charleston
Beautiful Charleston
It was so amazing to share this weekend with such lovely ladies (plus Bridget who I don't think I got a picture with)!
It was so amazing to share this weekend with such lovely ladies (plus Bridget who I don’t think I got a picture with)!
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