Saturday, May 08, 2010
This was the run that began my racing career 1 year ago! The first race I ever ran just 2.5 months from the day I started with that 30 second run.
On that day, I ran the 5k in 35:43.
I woke up a bit late this morning. That was because I didn't go to bed till late last night. DH and I just changed phone plans and I got a Droid! (It's equivalent to the iPhone but by Verizon). Well, this is just such a cool phone but it has a learning curve. I was learning so much (and having fun I might add) that I lost track of time. Hence, went to bed late!
DH wakes me up 20 minutes later. Not a problem though as I had everything ready the night before (before I started playing with the phone that is...LOL).
BUT, I forgot to change the setting on the coffee timer so there was no coffee waiting for me when I got up.
Now that was more annoying then waking up late. I NEED my coffee!
I got on the road on time and drove the 40 minutes to the race site.
Picked up my race packet, went back to the car, pinned on number, etc.
Then went for a little warm up jog.
IT WAS ALREADY HOT!
I then head for my pacing group, and at this point I realize that I'm not even nervous. I use to get nervous over races. Not anymore. Can't remember the last race I was nervous about.
(OK, maybe I can...NOLA...but that's a different blog...LOL)
I've realized that I'm not running for anyone but myself. I only race against myself.
So, why be nervous?
The race starts and off I go.
Lots of kids in this race so I was doing a lot of dodging back and forth, weaving in and out, and basically just trying to get ahead of the pack.
By the half mile mark, I was drenched in sweat!! HOLY CRAP! It was so HOT! And HUMID! The sweat was just pouring down my forehead and into my eyes.
And of course, wouldn't ya know it? I left my sweat rag, the one I ALWAYS carry with me on runs, in the car!!
By the 1.75 mile mark I had to walk a bit and dig my shirt out of my belt so I could wipe my face...cost me some time.
And I had to do it again around the 2.5 mile mark and it cost me a bit of more time.
But I really couldn't help it, my eyes were burning! (If you've ever gotten sweat in your eyes then you know EXACTLY what I mean!)
Anyway, I finally crossed the finish line.
Garmin time was 30:40 for 3.16 miles.
I went and checked the official race time.
All I could think of was "I would have ran a sub-30 had I remembered my sweat rag!!"
But you know what?
It's all good!
I knocked off 5:09 minutes from my first race 1 year ago!!
That made me happy! VERY, VERY HAPPY!!
Life IS Good!!