Monument Ave 10k
In my opinion, races took my own mind off of weight loss and placed it on a performance goal. For me, getting fit and losing fat was a by-product of my desire to travel farther on foot than I had before.
My story — I did my first 5k in 2010. Before that, I spent lots of time in the gym on the treadmill and playing around with some machines, not really knowing what I was doing. Once I ran my first road race, I was hooked. I went from 5k, to seeing if I could do an 8k, then 10k, half-marathon, marathon, 50k.
It’s that time of year in Richmond — when everyone starts thinking about the infamous Monument Ave 10k. It’s not some mamsy-pamsy little race, either. According to Wikipedia, it is now the 4th largest 10k in the country, with an average of 40,000 participants per year for the past four years! Fun fact .. the inaugural race was in 2000 with 2,462 participants. So in now fourteen years, participation has grown exponentially! Pretty incredible. Good work, Richmond!
So have you done it yet? What is a 10k, you ask? The 10K run is a long-distance road running competition over a distance of ten kilometres. In American terms, it equates to 6.2 miles.
6.2 miles, you say? That is farther than you’ve ever even thought about walking, much less running? That’s okay! Many, many people walk it, too! As of today, we are just over 11 weeks out – perfect timing to get started!
Are you a beginner and don’t know where to start? Are you returning to the distance wanting to set a personal record (PR)? Let’s talk about it! Post in the comments or directly email me. I’ll be glad to help!
Aubrey L Eicher