So a few friends and family knew that over the past three weeks I have been training for the Nike 10K in Santiago, but most did not. I found out about it through Carlos, a friend I met a month ago working in the kitchen at a youth retreat. I then proceeded to look up training plans and tips for running a 10K and discovered that one should take, at least, double the amount of time I had to prepare for the run. Well I was committed, although I never, disappointingly, officially registered to participate to run. I thought that I was going to reach the finish line crawling but, no, with all the others around me running it made me want to keep going. It didn’t hurt that we were 10,000+ runners.
It started off as any other run I had done, but it sank in that I was in it around the fourth kilometer and by the time I reached the fifth I was already thinking about where I would just start walking but then there was the hydration booths. They were placed right before we were to cross a bridge to double back (the course was a loop along the Mapocho River in downtown Santiago) oh and the boost and confidence those cups of Powerade and water gave me were immense. The kilometer markers seemed to be farther apart, but once I saw the finish line I knew I was going to complete it.
As I said, I did not officially register to run, thus I neither got the official Nike shirt nor the wearable chip to record my exact running time, but I did take a glimpse at the clock as I took off and, obviously, when I finished and my time was about 57 minutes. It was really exciting and makes me want to do it again.
Running along the Mapocho River
Erica, Garrett, and Carlos
If you are in to running I would highly recommend the site MapMyRun.com. It provides tools for measuring distance, mapping your course, logging your progress, and more. It’s free too.