Sunday, April 13, 2014
I haven't blogged in a while but I had some inspiration today so here it goes. This morning I ran my 1st official 5k of 2014. It was the same race I started out 2013 with. I couldn't find anyone to run with me and DH really wanted to take the boys fishing (opening weekend) so I decided to go it solo. It was awesome! A beautiful spring day, perfect for running, not too sunny or windy.
I did not have my best time today. I finished this same race last year in 38:36 and today crossed the finish line at 38:40. I felt I was keeping a great pace and felt I pushed myself but when I came in over last year's time I was initially a bit disappointed. However the overall felling of joy in the accomplishment of running the entire distance overrode the disappointment (part of the runners high I guess).
Then the coolest thing happened. As I was stretching I was approached by a woman who told me that she was impressed with the even pace I kept throughout the race and that I inspired her to keep up. I guess she was in back of me and I was her "white rabbit" so to speak. It was really nice and she was right. I did feel (maybe for the first time) that I was in total control of my pace and I wasn't having to slow down or speed up as often as usual.
I've definitely lost some time over the winter. Even though I used the treadmill often, I felt like today I was dusting myself off and kick-starting another great running year. I progressively improved my time on each 5k last year and finished my last race of 2013 in 36:31. I realize that I now have the mental confidence to know I can finish a 5k without having to slow down to a walk at all. That was last year's goal. So now it's time to improve my speed this year!
This race took place in a local park that also has salt water beachfront. After the race I sat down on a park bench and gazed out into the ocean daydreaming. I took some time to think about some of my short, medium and long term goals. (I've been reading the Spark book lately). It was nice to have the alone time and to be able to think clearly. One thing I realized is that being around runners is such a great environment to be in. I think runners are in general positive, happy, friendly people. Maybe it's all those endorphins or maybe it's the fact that they are keeping active (or a little of both). It's definitely company I enjoy being around!
Then, as I sat there in peace another cool thing happened. This park also has horseback riding and all of a sudden a large group of horses came running down the beach. It was just beautiful and a perfect way to end my day. And it also reminded me of one of my long term goals- to get back to horseback riding and get my kids learning too! Here are some pics I managed to get with my phone.