Sunday, April 01, 2012
It hit me a few weeks ago that I wanted to do a second 5k before my birthday. My first choice was a St. Patrick's day 5k, but that was the week I had long days of commuting and training and I wanted to be rested. Our April schedule is pretty full so this weekend's race fit the need pretty well. Plus the course was said to be pretty flat.
I'm super-happy with my results and I'm proud of myself for getting past several minutes of self-esteem defeating thoughts before the race started. Numerous (what I consider) "real" runners walked past as we waited for the pre-race lineup time in the warmth of our car. They looked like they belonged there. They looked like they run 100 miles a week in their sleep with their well-defined runner's legs and runner's skinny-bodies. I felt stupid and embarrassed for even being there with them. But I knew I'd be disappointed with myself if I didn't start what we traveled about 150 miles to do. I just hoped I wouldn't be last and tried to keep the negative thoughts to a minimum. I was relieved to find many regular people in the lineup, and any remaining negative thoughts vanished once we got started. It may have helped that the "real" runners were long gone soon after we started. :)
I'm really proud of my husband - he even jogged part of the way this time. He's been struggling with plantar fasciitis for several months along with some hip pain.
I had a great second 5k! My time was much better than I dreamed and even better considering this month's exercise challenges. I wasn't last. I was in the middle of my division. I had fun! I enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings and that the rain held off until we were almost back to our car.
This race was supposed to have pictures, but they only seem to have pictures of the first half of the racers , I assume the "runners" since I didn't recognize any racers from my part of the field or those behind me. While I don't love pictures of myself, I was looking forward to a picture for future comparison and an action shot at that.
I don't have another 5k planned, but I'm going to get back to the C25K program and schedule another for us soon.
A couple side notes...
I noticed this week that my belly seems to have shrunk a bit lately. The saggy part doesn't seem so saggy. I'm going to do measurements this week with my next weigh in.
As of Thursday, I was less than 1.5 pounds from onederland. To be honest, I'm a little curious about how soon I can get there. I'm not nervous about it and I don't really have anxiety that I'll hit a plateau, but I really would like to see that number before my birthday. That gives me just a few days - hmmm. Maybe I won't get it for my birthday, but it should come this month and I can still celebrate that I'm very close to being at a number not seen on my scale for about 10 years and that whatever number I see next will be the highest I can expect to see for the rest of my life.