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5K - Report

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I finished but didn't meet my goal of running the whole time. I didn't walk for any length of distance or time but I did walk for 10-20 yards a few times. So that's the not so good news.

The good news is that I did a 11:50 mile finishing in 36:42 beating my previous best time of 38:44.

There's really not much to write about. I'm not sure if I'm happy with my walking but I think I was listening to my body - there were times that breathing was hard. We started at pretty fast pace - we hit the one mile marker at 10 min something seconds. Maybe if we went slower at first, I may have not walked but we'll never know. I tried the mental pushing of "you can do anything for 12 minutes" or "Patrick said I can run 3 miles" or "You don't want to regret not running" but it really wasn't working. Slowing my breath down helped a lot. My legs were fine the whole time.

Bonnie could have easily done a 10 minute mile but she stayed with me ... she knows I'd walk more if she wasn't there. She tried some Jillian Michaels motivational techniques but it really didn't help. I just haven't been able to get used to that out of breath feeling - I don't like it. As much as I appreciate Bonnie sticking with me - I feel VERY badly that I hold her back from doing better.

We have our borough's 5K next weeked that is probably half hills - we're going to sign up but we have already given ourselves the OK to walk it. We want to support our local town but I know it will be hard to run it. I will run a few times this week, maybe doing the course route (if I can figure it out) to see what I'm getting into.

I have about 2 months to add 2 miles to my running and do 5 miles on my 40th birthday. I need a plan. I wish I was closer to flat running surfaces! I can drive to places but that's really inconvenient. Although, since I'm not planning on moving any time soon - I'd better get over the excuse of hills or driving.

Oh one thing out of my comfort zone - I wore a tank top and spandex shorts to the race. I bought the tank months ago while on sale. I pulled it out this morning thinking no way - but it was looser than I remembered. The shorts, I've worn in public a couple of times. I wouldn't have worn them a year ago even though I'm about the same size. So that's a good thing.

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    Yay, you! I think your time says it all! Keep running and the walks will disappear. As for the hills, they are great practice. Even if you end up walking up some of them, it is still hard work. When you hit the flats, it will be like nothing at all! Good going.
    2833 days ago
    My hat's off to you!! Fantastic that you did this. I don't run, but it really makes sense to me that you listened to your body. What a terrific accomplishment. You rock!!
    2864 days ago
    Kudos to you!
    2864 days ago
    I really think you did great!! Even the most experienced runners stop to walk at some races as there are so many factors involved. I agree that you may have gone out to quick!! Awesome that Bonnie ran with you and I am sure she doesn't feel like she held you back. It was just one race and each race has different goals and different purposes. You are going to hit your goal of 5 miles by your 40th!!! YOU CAN TOTALLY DO IT!!! Remember you are supposed to do one "long run" per week and you can increase each week by half or a full mile (based on your comfort level). So, if you are already at 3, two months is plenty of time to reach 5. I am sorry for going on so long, but you are doing GREAT!! I am very proud of you and hope you keep at it!! Hills suck, but honestly they make you a better and stronger runner!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! WAY TO GO!!!
    2866 days ago
    You did GREAT! I ran my first 5K in April and finished @ 44 min. - never ran before in my life and only trained for the 4 months previous... I'm an asmatic so getting past the breathing thing for me is also tough.

    My reward for doing the 5K was a treadmill... almost top of the line with iFit Live on it... you can download any route you want to run and it connects to Google Maps. Pretty cool... I love it as I live in flat land!

    Anyway, great job on your 5K and keep up the good work! emoticon

    2866 days ago
    You should REALLY be giving yourself more credit for achieving your new PR! I am actually wishing I HAD hills to run convenient to me, as I am confident future races will involve hills and I need to train for them but my running route near home is almost completely flat.
    2866 days ago
    WooHoo for a new PR! Listening to your body and finishing upright and unassisted is what's important. Way to go!
    2866 days ago
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    Hey you did great, I have never done hills, always on the flat and that is tricky enough. How was the weather? Kind of warm at this time of year I would guess. Keep at it!!

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    2866 days ago
    It's ALL good! Congratulations on your personal record - that's outstanding!
    2866 days ago
    Good going. There is no shame in walking when you need.
    I just did my first 5k and came in 60 out of 302, in 40 minutes. Not bad for a non-runner.
    Keep up the movement and good luck on your next race.
    2866 days ago
    Nice news on the Personal Best and how your clothes fit.

    I wouldn't worry a bit about walking. It was hot and humid today.

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    2866 days ago
    Way to go! I think it's healthy and wise of you to listen to your body, even if it means walking a bit. It sounds, though, like you mostly ran it. That's an incredible accomplishment, one I hope to join you in one of these days. emoticon
    2866 days ago
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