Finished My 15K Strong!
Saturday, April 06, 2013
This morning I ran my first 15K in 2:01:49. I pushed my pace the entire time. The race was very exciting and tiring. I just want to sleep and can't because I have other places to go, but oh well. I could always take a nap in a random parking lot later.
Anyways, I had fun. During the race, I had different people that I was by throughout the race that encouraged me. I also saw a lot of people that I recognized from the past two races (these are all prep. for the Indy Mini in May, so many people who run the three training races and the Mini). I kept getting past by these two men who were walking. It seemed like they had a little waddle going, so I eventually started thinking of them as little ducklings because it made me feel better that they were passing me. One pair of ladies that I followed for the last five miles, I called the Superhero Girls. One had sleeves that were red with white stars and a blue band, and the other had a pink jacket around her waist, which I pretended was a cape. At the end, I let them know that following them and trying to keep them in sight kept me going at the end.
Another great part of the race were these two ladies that encouraged me. During one of my walking intervals, they ran to catch up to me and ask me what app my buzzer (interval timer) was so that they could also have a timer telling them when to run or walk. I ran ahead of them after talking, but after the race they came back up to me to talk. I helped her get the app for future use, and the one told me how inspired she was by me! She also asked me how much I had lost, which first took me by suprise (normally strangers don't ask that), but I let her know that I had lost 40 pounds. Just think: I inspired someone! Whatever you are doing, let people know that they inspire you just like the Superhero Girls did for me and the other women were by me. Letting them know helps them feel great and inspires them also.
For fuel, I used the Gatorade that was provided, which seemed to work, but my stomach does not like having to drink something while running. I had practiced with Gatorade last week but did not have water also. Having both seemed to help with the sticky feeling it leaves in my mouth. I am not sure if this is what I want to stick with. I need to try a few other things in the coming weeks before the Mini. If all else fails, the Gatorade wasn't too bad, and I wouldn't have to carry anything with me if I used it.
Other than the race, this week has had its ups and downs. I worked out every day I planned, except Thursday, which was not a good idea because that was one of my easy runs I needed. I did a lot more strength training this week though, which is so necessary but left out or not done hard enough too often. Nutrition-wise, I at least thought more about it and made more of an effort than the past few weeks. I even tracked most of the days (and still need to track today)! Yesterday was my downfall with more treats than my prescribed one a day, which shows in how I felt this morning.
Current Weight: 211.4