River Valley Run 10K: I Did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in The Smuteks | 13 Comments

I first fell in love with running in the 7th grade and, by my early 20’s, I was running roughly 35 miles a week! Over time though, injury set in, life crept up and well, running faded away… Until this year! This year, a group of women photographers and I formed a running team, started training, and have entered ourselves in a few races over the year. I ran my first race with the team (and ever) in March, and I was totally hooked! Since then, I’ve run a handful of races, but what has been really calling my name was running a trail run. So, I entered¬†River Valley Run’s 10k trail run! It was my first 10k and my first trail run… and you know what? I finished! I wasn’t able to run the whole thing, as I am still recovering from a minor leg injury from May, but I finished! 677 out of 704 runners… hey, at least I wasn’t last. And you know what, even if I had been last… I still did it!

These feet carried me through 6 miles of trail, around corn fields, up a rock wall, ¬†up “Dead Man’s Hill”, across a rickety little bridge and THROUGH the Gunpowder River. I’m totally addicted! When’s the next race?

Are there any other runners out there? Do you like trail running or do you prefer to stick to the road?

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  1. Natalietalie
    August 20, 2013

    I always wished I could fall in love with running, but years of sports never really left me with a passion for it! Congratulations on accomplishing something big like this! :) :) It’s amazing!

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  2. Krista A. Jones
    August 20, 2013

    Yay girl! Congrats! Such a huge accomplishment!

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  3. Katie
    August 20, 2013

    That’s so awesome!! I’m hoping to run my first half marathon later this year…but I have to train…aka actually get out and run lol.

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    • jennifer
      August 20, 2013

      Katie, that is great! I hope to run my first half in March. Keep me posted on your training!

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  4. ashley barnett
    August 20, 2013

    This is incredible! CONGRATS!! I seriously give so many props to runners! I simply cannot do it but the important thing is that you have something that you LOVE – I’ve just begun to realize in the past month how important and liberating feeling strong and fit can be – but I am definitely not ready for a 10k haha!

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  5. Becca
    August 20, 2013

    Congrats on completing the 10k!!

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  6. Emilia Jane
    August 20, 2013

    That is SO cool! I can’t run further than the end of my block without huffing and puffing.

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  7. Nichols Portraits
    August 20, 2013

    Congrats!!!!

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  8. Erin Wheeler
    August 20, 2013

    That is amazing– congrats!!! A 10k is on my bucket list- one of these days I will get to it!

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  9. tPoz
    August 20, 2013

    congratulations!!!! that’s awesome!

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  10. Kate Ann
    August 20, 2013

    CONGRATS! I did xc in high school and I hope to get back in shape one day. This a definitely an inspiration!

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  11. Brea
    August 20, 2013

    I’m so proud of you! That is AWESOME!

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  12. emily
    August 20, 2013

    Awesome!!! I have a huge respect for runners. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t run a 10K even if someone was chasing me the whole me.

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