Okay, so some of you know that I signed up for anther 5K. I'm not really a runner (although Mary likes to make me think I am!
) but I have found that I like to get out on the road every now and then and make a fool out of myself! I had that opportunity again tonight.
It was called a Hippie Run! Pretty laid back! Some girls even showed up in dresses to run it! (all in fun, of course) A friend of mine sent me an invite through facebook and I just had to try it. The first 5K I ever did was last March. Then I did a very unofficial "fun run" a few weeks later. But other than that, I haven't really done any official runs. So, I figured it was high time that I signed up for another one... if for no other reason than it motivated me to get out and train for it. Sometimes putting your entry money on the line is what will do it!
Well, first off, I didn't train enough. There's no doubt there. However, I only came in 1:29 slower tonight than I did last March. Now, there are a few other things to take into consideration. First, it wasn't a true 5K tonight. It was actually 3.3 miles instead of 3.1. That actually makes a difference when you're comparing official race results! Also, we had HILLS tonight! Oh my! Lots of HILLS! And, 1/2 of the race was on gravel! So, the footing was different. And, then, there's the simple fact that I stopped to talk to a couple of people along the way..... That would make a difference, I guess! One girl (actually, the girl who invited me) was having a hard time breathing about 1/2 mile into the race. I walked with her a little to make sure she didn't feel like she was getting left behind. We ran a little more together and she had to stop again. She has asthma so the night air on her lungs was hard on her. So I left her with some water and continued on (she told me to, she would be fine with my water). Then, one other guy I actually knew, but didn't know he was running in it, so when I ran past him, he yelled at me and I just had to stop and walk/talk to him for a little bit. So, with taking ALL of those things into consideration, I didn't do too bad!
I've determined that I like jogging, but I like doing it more at MY pace instead of a race where I feel compelled to push myself. I actually like jogging 5 - 8 miles better than the races, but that's because I can get into my own pace and stay there. I know I should get out of my comfort zone more. And I think signing up for these races will do that.
So, the fall is here. The heat is subsiding. The humidity is down. I may hit the road some more.