In a brief moment of inspiration after watching the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler this past April, I decided to sign up for the Army 10 Miler. For those who don’t know, the ATM is a 10 mile race (obviously) that starts and ends by the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, but we snake in, out and around Washington DC.
Six months ago when I signed up, October 8th (the day of the race) seemed like a year away. But now, it’s only 2 days away. I half heartedly trained for the first few months, then I invested in real running shoes, running shorts, and if the new iPod Shuffle had come out in time, I would’ve bought that too. At first, running three miles was just about my limit. Then I ran around Burke Lake for the first time in my life. Slowly since then I’ve pushed myself to running an 8 mile loop on the W&OD trail by my house 2 times in the last 3 weeks.
The hardest part about running for that long, definitely isn’t the physical part of it – it’s the mental. You really have to clear your mind and set aside an hour and a half where you can’t think of anything else you need to be doing. If I started running at 1pm on a Sunday right when the Redskins start to play, there’s a 100% chance I’d only run for 2-3 miles or so. So, the key to having a good run, in my opinion, is not having anything to do and nowhere to be. I actually can’t wait until the race on Sunday so that I can get it over with.
I even got a couple of my friends (Nick & Andrew) to sign up for the race too. So come out and support us if you can. The race starts at 8am, and I should be finished at around 9:50-10am or so.