4 Lessons I Learned From Running My First 10k

IMG_62846 am. It was completely misty out. It was challenging, because this was a huge thing for me. I was going to run a 10k. MY FIRST. EVER. IMG_6236I never thought I’d be a runner.

I’ve been training to run long distances all year and I really love it, now. Am I crazy to say that? Probably, but oh well!

At one time, I was just someone who would rather sit and do nothing, but now I am active as can be. Have you ever felt you’d rather do nothing than work out? If so, read on.

I ran my first ever 10k. 6.2 miles in an hour and 9 minutes at a 11.1 minute per mile pace. As I ran through the mist, like a ghost I made a promise to myself: I am going to run the whole 10k, without stopping.  And you know what? I did it. Ever since, I started running, I’ve been less stressed. I have a way to release it now. Fitting daily exercise into my schedule has made me happier and It’s also helped unlock my imagination and creativity as a writer.

4 Life Lessons From my 1st 10k:

IMG_62521. Beware of Jabbering Negativity 

At about the 4th mile marker two women ran up behind me. Their conversation was filled with complaining about their husbands or boyfriends. After being stuck in front of them for a little too long. I found myself wishing, Please, pass me or slow down. I’d rather not hear your negativity. Seriously. Negativity is a killer, people.

We must stop the negativity. It will never help you. Instead of waiting for them to slow down or speed up – I sped up ahead of them, so that I didn’t have to put up with the negative conversation. Being negative will only make your goals in life seem harder. (Tweet That) And when things seem harder, people give up easier. Also, when people are negative, they are much more likely to ruin friendships. Because who wants to be around that? Not me. That’s why I ran faster.

2. Finish the race

I am not only talking about the race I was running or about exercise in general. Our lives are precious. We only have one. We must go on and finish the race set before us.

3. Tunnel Vision

In life, sometimes we get tunnel vision, but in a different sort of way. We pay attention to the wrong things, once we get into the tunnel. We pay attention to the darkness and how far away the light is at the end of the tunnel. Fear, worry, and anger all seep in. And that causes us to miss out. We miss out on what life is supposed to be like.

While running the race yesterday, I came to a tunnel. It was towards the end of the race. I was full of nerves and excitement. The tunnel was dark, but I didn’t pay any attention to that. Instead, I focused my attention to the sound of my heart beating loudly, and my feet hitting the pavement in front of me. I breathed the humid air in deeply and stared straight ahead at the light, piercing through from the other side of the tunnel. It was then I realized it. We should be like this every day in our lives. Running toward the light. Paying no attention to the things trying to capture our minds from the important things. It makes me think of this Bible verse.

…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:1-3

4. The Finish Line – 

I ran faster the closer I got to the finish line. Nothing was going to stop me. NOTHING. I smiled the whole way. Once I crossed the finish line, I was still smiling. A fireman put a medal around my neck. I smiled and walked on. IMG_6239 Did that really happen? Did I really just run 6.2 miles without stopping? Yes, it was. The few moments after finishing the race, I found myself deep in thought. I did it. I really did it. 

When my parents found me, they both smiled and congratulated me. I couldn’t hold in my excitement and joy any longer. I’d just finished running a whole 6.2 miles. A feat I’d never thought I’d accomplish. Something I know I’d thought once was unrealistic and impossible. And honestly, I think it was more than just a physical feat, I had just accomplished, but also a mental one. Adrenaline was pumping through my veins still as tears dripped from my eyes. “I did it. I really did it.”

I want to encourage you all to do something. Challenge yourselves with a goal. I never thought I’d be a runner.

But, I really am a runner. And I finished my first 10K.


What is one goal you would like to achieve?

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5 thoughts on “4 Lessons I Learned From Running My First 10k”

  1. You did it! I knew you’d conquer, seriously. Next stop: half marathon! (They are so much fun. The best race distance of all IMO. 😉

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