Sunday, February 20, 2011
Today I ran the Carnaval 8k. I was not sure how I would do since I have only run a couple of 5ks. I want to run a couple of 10ks so I thought this would be a nice introduction to a 10k. My goal was to finish in under an hour, under 50 minutes was a dream. So proud of myself; I finished in 53:06. Woo Ha!!!!! I'll take it.
I got off to a slow start. I was near the back of the crowd. Once I crossed the start line, the bobbing and weaving started. One lady was walking and I was trying to squeeze by her and I did say "Excuse me". Her reply was "You should have been in front of me if you knew you were going to run". I kept bobbing and weaving; no reply was needed for her comment. Wow, is what I was thinking. This is a race and it is for a good cause.
I don't know if this is common, but cardio wise I feel really strong. Once I find my rhythm, I feel like I can run for a while. But after running a couple of miles, my legs started to feel heavy. However, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other hoping that my legs would catch up with my lungs. I did get a cramp on my right side around mile 3. As I ran down the ramp and turned into the park, I picked up my pace and ignored the cramp. I am so glad that I did not stop because the cramp went away before I crossed the finish line.
I met up with a friend and her husband before the race. They both did well. And right before I was getting ready to leave, the mom of a Spark Miami teammate approached me and asked if I was on Sparkpeople. The night before I briefly hopped on to see if I could meet up with others that would be running today, and I gave a description of my clothes. It was so nice to meet someone that you only get a chance to read or make posts to in person. I hope to meet others as I continue on my running journey.
I am still on my "runners high", but the real world is waiting for me to make dinner and finish the never ending laundry.