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Workout I Did: The Nike Santa Monica 10K

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That’s right—I did the Nike 10K in Santa Monica!

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I love when I prove my inner Negative Nancy wrong. You’d think that because I’ve chosen to live a healthy lifestyle that I’d be the most positive gal when it comes to trying new things and pushing myself physically, but I can be quite the whiner. I admit this freely. And this couldn’t have been more true two weeks ago when a rep from Nike contacted me to run an impromptu 10K in Santa Monica.

I immediately groaned and said no. (The most I’ve run recently is four miles, and I’m a stickler for proper race training.) The Nike fellow wasn’t having it though. He told me I could walk the darn thing, so I agreed, grabbed my pal Jackie (who makes an appearance in this video) and headed on down for my 6.2-mile walk…which I ended up RUNNING.

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Me, Ryan the Perfect Pacer and my bud Jackie.

There you have it. The girl who believed with all her might that she couldn’t run, ran the 10K and survived. I was so proud of myself after the race and then bummed that I had so easily discredited myself from being able to do it in the first place.

The run was peaceful, relaxing and fun as heck. Jackie and I were lucky enough to grab a great pacer named Ryan, and the three of us moved along like happy little fitties.

I’m so thankful I didn’t listen to that voice telling me I couldn’t. I don’t even know where that nasty ‘tude came from! We can do whatever we put our mind to and running is no different. I have silenced the Debbie Downer once and for all.

Has there been a time when you ever got in your own way? How did you overcome it? —Tish

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