Monday, June 06, 2011
Race Day was yesterday and I'm already missing the routine of being on a training schedule. I ran my race in 38.23 minutes. My coach said I should be able to run a 13 minute mile during the whole race, so I beat that goal! I'm trying to figure out now what my next race goal should be. My PT told me I should be able to run a half marathon in 12 weeks, but I'm a little afraid to add on 10 miles in such a short period of time.
As I think back to yesterday, I think back on how easy I felt about the race. I didn't sleep too deeply the night before because I was afraid I wouldn't wake up in time enough to get to the race location by 6:30 am. It began raining on the way there, and something in me said "you're not gonna run this race because you'll mess up your hair." Then I thought to myself, why wouldn't I run a race I've been training 12 weeks for! So I went to the registration table straight away because I didn't see any of the other people in my running group and there was confusion about the registration which had me a little upset, but I tried to stay positive because I didn't want that to effect my race.
As race time neared, we took photos and I was paired with a running partner. My anticipation level was heightened, but I still tried to remain calm. When I got to the starting line, I just kept telling myself not to stop. Most of the run was pretty easy. Going out was fairly downhill until we got to a bridge. After the bridge, there was about another half mile before the turn around point. The second half of the race was a bit tougher because it was slightly uphill and I really started to feel tired the last half mile. My running partner kept telling me that I could keep going, and although I slowed down a bit, I kept running.
I was so happy to see the finish line. I was happy that I had stuck to something through completion and happy that I finally felt like a runner.
I am looking forward to what's to come!