Kidding! Kidding. She makes her own decisions. Totally autonomous. And I'm sure my nagging and cajoling and promising to run with her had NO impact on her decision to sign up for her very first 10K in November - the Across the Bay 10K on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
She'd never classify herself as a runner, but I'd say that by now she's done enough 5Ks to claim the title if she wants it. She can absolutely tackle the 10K distance as long as she puts in the training. It's gonna be awesome!
I think a lot of us have been running distance races for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to be taking our first tentative steps into the race world, so I
I am torn between my dislike of long-distance running and my affection for the Bay Bridge, which is apparently the scariest bridge in the country to drive over, but that only makes me love it more. I figure 10K can't be THAT much harder than 5, right? And those views! Anyway, the Across the Bay 10K seemed like the least-objectionable way for me to try my hand (foot?) at something a little more challenging, and Annapolis is a pretty fun area for doing some practice runs, assuming I don't trip on the bricks. Hopefully I won't embarrass myself too badly come November. If nothing else, I'll end up with a good "that time I freaked out trying to run over the bridge and had to be carried off" story. :)
Both of these together probably sum up my conflicted feelings:
Do you remember your first long distance race? Have you ever dragged a friend into the running community?
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