Friday, May 30, 2008
Ran my first 4.2 mile Charles River Run last night! I was rather nervous about it because I had to bike to the race site (6-7 miles) and then bike home after the race (5-6 miles) .
I biked there, it was a little windy but ok. Milled around nervously before the race, then lined up and ran. It was kinda funny how they had a little fence with a 4-5 person wide opening that everyone had to go through... and we ended up going around it and running on the lawn that the fences were obviously intended to protect. I love the start of a race... the surge of people going "woohoo!" and starting to run. It's really quite the rush. I think I started fast then settled into my 12 minute mile pace and maintained it for the whole course. I didn't walk one step of the race, not even going up the bridges or going past the water stops. Water stops are a challenge! It's really hard to drink and run, usually end up getting more water on me than in me.
At the three mile mark, someone was announcing the distance, and I thought they said we had 2 miles left, so I was prepared to run more. I got to thinking "Hey, why stop at the finish line, I'm going to run home." It kept me going. Finish line, time on clock 48:00, time on Ipod (hit start right when I passed the gate) was 47 minutes.
The day was gorgeous, bright sun, sparkly water, clear clear blue sky. It was a pleasure to run! I suspect the next few races are going to be too warm, but this one was just right!
The bike ride home was very peaceful, since the route I took is "closed" at night. I thought my legs would be too tired to pedal, but it was fine. Had a nice (low fat) ice cream with hot dark chocolate sauce and fresh raspberry puree. For some reason ice cream is what I want most after running. The peas/carrots/corn/beans and few bites of chicken they had at the race party were OK, but cold and creamy is what I really want.
Today my legs feel tired. I suspect vitamin I deficiency, which has been rectified by taking some Motrin.