Saturday, September 24, 2011


At the beginning of the summer I signed up for the Tjejmilen woman's 10k in an effort to get motivated to get in shape. What can I say, being surrounded by beautiful fit Swedes makes you realize pretty quick it's time to start taking care of yourself. Between working full time by day and going to school for my masters in the evenings working out got pushed to the back burner. Anyway, after I signed up I began a running routine and did great with it until I got sick, had visitors, and went on vacation. All of which meant a week before the run I hadn't run in almost 3 weeks. Not good. So, the week before I did some mild running and stretching and only hoped to finish. Here I am leaving home for the race.
The race started and finished at Gärdet which is a big open park in Stockholm that used to be where the King raised his livestock. There were over 30,000 participants and the place was packed! I joined in the group stretch and it was soon race time. 
The race path went around Djurgården and it started off quite crowded. So much so that I couldn't even run so I had to speed walk for a while until things thinned out. Eventually they did and I was left to pace myself. Luckily the weather was great and I had a fresh new running mix (thanks Jenny!). The hardest part for me was right before the half way mark. Once I knew I had less in front of me then I had behind me I knew I could finish. And finish I did in a slow but satisfying 73 minutes. Dale was waiting at the finish like to cheer me on but I was too fast so I had to smile for a post run picture instead of a finish line picture. 
10k isn't so bad! Maybe a half marathon next year? I'm not sure if I'm quite ready for that yet but I will at least do another 10k!

Love Always,


Anonymous said...

So proud of you! -Courtney

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