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The Race has been Run

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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROSENJ1965 6/7/2011 7:13PM

    Awesome! And what a great picture! LOL @ the pause because of messing up the hair, but congrats to you for sticking to your guns! I started out just like you (except slower!) and it's a great feeling - a big accomplishment in itself but also a beginning of .... who knows what?

Don't think half marathon in 12 weeks... Think... 4 miles... 10K... 15K... 10 miler... 20K....... HALF MARATHON. And make it YOUR plan - if 12 weeks is too soon, listen to your body and take longer. But don't be afraid to just add that next mile... and add that next mile... and add that next mile... on your own time - and who knows where you might end up???

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ESTHERC 6/7/2011 9:46AM

    Thank you all for the well wishes. It really means a lot. I have had issues with staying motivated and I'm glad I've found something I can stick too. I took a break yesterday and just did cardio on the stationery bike and squats and leg presses, but tonight I plan to get back on the treadmill and log some miles (probably just 3.5).

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ESTHERC 6/7/2011 9:36AM

    @Bugsmom211 I still stand in awe of you marathon runners. I hope to get there one day.

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JCL129 6/7/2011 8:57AM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/7/2011 8:15AM

    What a great job! And a gorgeous picture too. The joy shines through. emoticon

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PLATINUM755 6/6/2011 7:07PM

    Great blot! I could see myself in your shoes, and if it wasn't hair there would have been something else. NO EXCUSES is the way to do it and you did. You're looking good in that picture...keep up the good work!

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    I'm so glad you did it and you are into it!!! Keep it going. Starting next month I'm going to do a race a month! It's so fun and rewarding to do your daily mileage with lots of people. There is nothing like it. Thank you for the blog and reminding me of why I run as well. emoticon

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BUGSMOM211 6/6/2011 4:52PM

    emoticon you are looking fabulous in that running picture!! Happy running and make a plan to run another race and then you can have a training regimen!! emoticon emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 6/6/2011 4:43PM

    HAAAYYY!!! emoticon You are fabulous! I think it is so funny that you reconsidered running the race bcuz you would mess your hair up. Many of my workout routines are dictated by how soon it is before my next hair appointment. BUt I am glad you got over that and emoticon

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