Monday, April 15, 2013
This was me after we got home. I didn't have a camera handy for right after the race... so there it is. My bib number is visible. The lower, crumpled, bib lists those I was running in honor of, since this was a race for cancer research, I was running in honor of my grandmother, my brother & his wife and my friend, all of whom have battled or are battling cancer in one form or another.
Yesterday was a beautiful high 70's day here in mid-MO, and the running bug was still biting, so I strapped on the tennies, barefoot ones (still trying to get worked into running in them full time) and got my butt out in the neighborhood for a run. I wasn't sure of my goal when I started, but then it became clear that I wanted to run a full 5K without stopping since I didn't achieve that the day before. So I did a good warm up walk for 0.25 miles and then started... telling myself I couldn't stop any earlier than the first mile. That first mile slipped by and I then told myself I'd go to 1.5 miles, then at least halfway... and I just kept throwing the carrot out a little bit ahead of myself and finally just decided that I would run the full 3.1... and I did in 29:57 or thereabouts. It looks like the sub-30 minute 5K is my normal now, I just need to keep shaving it down.
My left tendon is a little sore today, but it's stretching out with easy walking. I will continue my 10K training on the treadmill tomorrow... maybe a bit of cross training today. I really do credit that program with my huge improvement on my 5K, in terms of both speed and endurance.
I was going to get a new running outfit for achieving my goals but opted instead for a cute Hello Kitty outfit that I can workout in if I want or just lounge about the house in. It's comfy and I have been looking at it for several months... and it was massively on sale, esp considering it is character merchandise. I will be getting myself a buff for my next race once I can get to the sporting goods store.
Today I am home sick with a cold, it's not that bad, but I am just TIRED and stuffed up. Since I got healthy, I rarely get super sick, I just skirt the edge of things that take other people down. So I figure if this cold has me feeling mildly uncomfortable and run down, I don't know what it might do to others. So I am home, with plans to nap a lot, and get over this thing quickly... and better to be dain bread at home than at work.