Sunday, June 20, 2010
I finished but didn't meet my goal of running the whole time. I didn't walk for any length of distance or time but I did walk for 10-20 yards a few times. So that's the not so good news.
The good news is that I did a 11:50 mile finishing in 36:42 beating my previous best time of 38:44.
There's really not much to write about. I'm not sure if I'm happy with my walking but I think I was listening to my body - there were times that breathing was hard. We started at pretty fast pace - we hit the one mile marker at 10 min something seconds. Maybe if we went slower at first, I may have not walked but we'll never know. I tried the mental pushing of "you can do anything for 12 minutes" or "Patrick said I can run 3 miles" or "You don't want to regret not running" but it really wasn't working. Slowing my breath down helped a lot. My legs were fine the whole time.
Bonnie could have easily done a 10 minute mile but she stayed with me ... she knows I'd walk more if she wasn't there. She tried some Jillian Michaels motivational techniques but it really didn't help. I just haven't been able to get used to that out of breath feeling - I don't like it. As much as I appreciate Bonnie sticking with me - I feel VERY badly that I hold her back from doing better.
We have our borough's 5K next weeked that is probably half hills - we're going to sign up but we have already given ourselves the OK to walk it. We want to support our local town but I know it will be hard to run it. I will run a few times this week, maybe doing the course route (if I can figure it out) to see what I'm getting into.
I have about 2 months to add 2 miles to my running and do 5 miles on my 40th birthday. I need a plan. I wish I was closer to flat running surfaces! I can drive to places but that's really inconvenient. Although, since I'm not planning on moving any time soon - I'd better get over the excuse of hills or driving.
Oh one thing out of my comfort zone - I wore a tank top and spandex shorts to the race. I bought the tank months ago while on sale. I pulled it out this morning thinking no way - but it was looser than I remembered. The shorts, I've worn in public a couple of times. I wouldn't have worn them a year ago even though I'm about the same size. So that's a good thing.