Competing with Myself
Friday, March 08, 2013
In two weeks, I will be running in my first ever 5k. Over the past few months my run training has been off and on, and so I signed up for the 5k to have a concrete goal to work towards. I've been doing training programs that work with walk/jog intervals, and so haven't ever just flat-out run a mile. Today's training program said "walk/light jog 45 minutes." So I just went for it, and jogged the entire thing! I'm so happy and proud of myself. The last time I actually ran entire miles without walk breaks was back in high school for soccer tryouts and I hated running then. But today I just kept going, putting one in front of the other, and not allowing myself to slow down to a walk. And I was able to do it, was able to regulate my breathing, and didn't get a side cramp until minute 55 when I was about to start cooling down to a walk anyway (on the past several walk/jogs I've gotten pretty bad side cramps). Looking back over my stats (I use Runkeeper, on my phone which keeps track of my time, distance, speed, elevation change, and calories burned), and guess what? I got progressively faster with each mile! I was concentrating on that too, pushing myself to see if I could go faster as well as keep going. I found that leaning forward slightly, making sure my shoulders were back instead of straight, and imaging myself landing on my toes helped. Also, and this one's strange, watching my shadow as it ran across people's yards also helped me go faster. I feel so great! And proud of myself. And have more confidence in doing the 5k in two weeks. I worry about it being my first one, about everyone else doing it, and being the last person across the finish line. But now I feel good, as long as I'm pushing myself and doing better.