Sunday, August 19, 2012
This year has been an amazing one for me as far as running goes.
Back in June I ran my 5th half marathon and set a new PR. My old PR was from the prior year.
In July I set a new PR in a 10K. I was thrilled about this as my previous PR was from 2009 so it took me 3 years to surpass that.
Then there was today. I ran a 5K and set a new PR of 33:08. I surpassed my old PR by a whole 2 seconds!! My old PR had been from 2008...4 years ago!!
I am so thrilled with this. I'd gotten to the point where I was thinking I would never pass my PRs. I'm not getting any younger ya know.
Today couldn't have gone better. After weeks of 90 degrees and humidity it was in the low 70s and no humidity. Yesterday it rained but today was beautiful. I felt great throughout the whole race and ran the entire thing with no walking. I skilled the water stations since it wasn't that hot and powered up the hills will all my strength. When my Garmin beeped 3 miles I could see that I was really close to my PR. I summoned up all the strength I had left and sprinted to the finish line. And I did it!! Just barely but it counts!!
So what can I contribute this to? Well a couple of things. First back in 2008-2009 I was at my lowest weight after having lost 65 pounds and discovering my love of running. After that I started putting the pounds back on. I didn't go completely out of control and put a stop to the weight gain after putting on 25 pounds but it was enough to slow me down. I'm now back down 15...10 pounds more than my lowest, but I'm getting there. Weight really does effect you when running and I'm living proof.
The second thing is that I really stepped up my cross training this year especially my strength training. I've often read the opinion of runners that to get better at running, run. Well of course you need to run but I really think that the strength training has helped me tremendously. I've also done other cardio...spinning and aerobics that I think is making me a more rounded person. Running comes first but I am no longer ignoring the cross training and it is really helping me.
So no matter what else happens this year I can say it was very successful!!