This past weekend my husband ran his first 10k and he did awesome. The thing I can’t get over is that up until a couple of months ago, I would not have even referred to him as a runner. He’s always been in good shape and he grew up playing football and baseball, but he’s never really run unless it was associated with a team sport or playing with the dog.
That all changed back in February when he was asked to be a part of a team doing the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay, and he accepted. Our very own Sarah Bourne Perillo was his recruiter, and as his sister-in-law she knew his general workout routine, which did not consist of much at all. But she also knew that he is always up for trying something new (she got him to do the Rugged Maniac a couple of years ago), and once he sets his mind to something he is almost annoyingly dedicated.
When he committed to Ragnar he immediately started training. You see, the Ragner team has 12 people and each person runs three legs of the race at various times in a two day period. The race starts in Hull, MA and ends in Provincetown. Some people start the race running 8, 10, even 12 miles, and the total mileage over the three legs ranges from 9.7 miles to 21.5 miles.
D didn’t know exactly which leg he would get (he did ask for and ended up being assigned the shortest leg), but he was dedicated from the beginning. He downloaded a training app and planned his runs for the week. Sometimes that meant getting up at 5am, and other days it meant strapping on his head lamp and reflective gear and going for a night run. The only time he skipped a run was when his knee started bothering him, but that was for a few days while he let it rest and then he was back out there again.
The pay-off came this past Sunday when D participated in the Simsbury River Run. When he signed up for the Ragnar he estimated his 5K pace 8:45. When he crossed the finish line this weekend, he averaged 7 minutes and 56 seconds per mile for 6.2 miles. To say I’m proud and excited for him is an understatement, not just because that’s a great time, but because his hard work is paying off. Who doesn’t love knowing that what they’re doing is actually making a difference?
So congratulations to my love. Thank you for helping to show our girls what you can do when you set your mind to something…especially when it means we get to play with all of your cool gear 😉
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