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Running Machine???


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I have to admit Friday night I had a hard time sleeping. My nerves were going crazy as I played out a million different ways the race could go. Finally I did get some sleep and when I woke up I was excited and ready to go. I ran the Color Run with my mom and a friend. When we showed up there were so many people. I heard ten thousand people were there.
We were in the third wave and it seemed like it took forever for us to go. It really wasn't but it felt like it. So when I ran my first 5k back in September my time was 54 minutes and I forget however many seconds. I told myself I wanted to beat that time by four minutes and be under 50 minutes. Seemed very doable, I'm in alot better shape, still a ways to go but alot better shape. The Color run isn't an offical times race so I used my phone with a little timing app on it to keep track. I may have accidently started it a minute or two early but I don't care because it was still awesome. When I crossed the finish line my time was......wait for it...... 39:37. 39 minutes, did you get that it was 39 minutes. Sorry I can't help but want to say that over and over again, to anyone who will listen.
That was and it the best feeling, I didn't just meet my goal I kicked it's ass and sent it home. Now the 10k I did yesterday didn't go as wonderfully as I had hoped. 10k's are hard in case anyone wanted to know.
During the color run a huge part of it was ran on this back road behind some buildings. The ground was unever and full of holes. My ankles and calves paid the price and were sore when I started the race yesterday. My 10k number wasn't great but considering I had to walk a huge chunk of it because I thought my legs would fall off from running, it rocked. I finished in 1:45:27. Not great about 53 minutes for just over 3 miles. Not great but I finished and I tried my best. If I hadn't run the 5k saturday I would have done better and so I'm enjoying my numbers all the way around. I met some great people while doing the 10k. Some were just like me and had run the race on Saturday. We all were feeling cocky and decided to doing the 10k. We all finished around the same time.
I've been biten by the bug as I was told yesterday while me and my new running friends celebrated our not dying on the race course. We all had, and I'm kind of excited by that. I don't know if I'll see them again, alot of us had the same races that we wanted to do this year so I hope so. We had only just met but let me tell you in that 10k we were like old friends. We were cheering each other on and not letting any of us give up. I don't know if all races are like that, or if I just happened to be in a great place at a great time, but it was amazing.
So now I'm a racing machine, I have two blisters on my feet. My right calf is sore as is just behind my left knee. Nothing serious and the pain is already fading fast. But I am a racing a machine and I can't wait till my next 5k. I would love to say I can get that time again, but I'm not for sure. If I did that's awesome, if not the only thing that matters is I got up and I tried it. What have you done lately that you weren't sure you could ever do?
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