Post-Race Check In

Monday, June 13, 2011

My [first EVER!] race number from the NYRR Mini 10k on June 11, 2011.

Racing was really daunting at first! I was extremely intimidated by the women around me, the women on teams who looks extremely fit and like they ran 20 miles every day for the last 30 years. I was also intimidated because it felt like I was the only 1st timer there (which of course I wasn't but you can never weed them out!) As soon as we started though, it was really empowering especially since it was an all-woman's race. To be amongst all those women, seeing what we could do out there on the road... it was exhilarating. And I couldn't believe I was participating! I was there with all these women, running, outside in a 10k race. The me from 2 years ago, 1 year ago, 1 week ago is shocked (but proud!). It's a surreal sort of feeling, especially since I kept thinking of just not going to the race because I'd failed to continue training after 4 miles. I didn't think I'd even make it 2 miles in the race. I swore I'd just have to call it quits, and I nearly stayed in bed on race day. It was a good thing I made a big hoopla about my race, because telling people I simply did not go was far too embarrassing. That and I'd paid $40. AND made a promise to myself.

Remember Sparkers: Showing up is half the battle.

I know I should probably rest a day for every mile I ran, which is probably 4-5 of the 6 miles but seriously once I was finished with the race all I wanted to do was keep running. My body wants a rest but my mind is still in the zone. Run. Run. Run.

I like racing. I’m still not at the point where I want a win. At the moment, it’s more for the motivation and knowing I can do it.

I’m fairly competitive though so I’m sure the more races I participate in the more the want to win will kick in. Anyone else settling down after a race or gearing up for one?

Here’s to the next one!
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  • NINNY165
    emoticon on finishing your first race. I am returning back to running after a hiatus( last raced in May 2011)...I just get a thrill from saying I am training. Your weight loss is progressing ....hang in there.It does get frustrating to think that you can not eat whatever you want whenever you want all things in moderation....Take care!!! emoticon emoticon
    2804 days ago
  • -PAULA
    Congratulations! I got my first running number bib a couple weeks ago - now I want one with my name on it!

    Keep up the good work!
    2837 days ago
    Wow! This is so inspirational for me. I have tears reading this because I can relate so much. I'm running my first 5k in 20 years on the 25th of June. I am a fat slow runner with a lot of metal in my left leg from a car accident. Walking in my case is in it's own right a miracle. People pass me everyday that I run. They are so fit and free and gingerly as they run. I'm slow. The thing is when I first stared training a few weeks ago I was tired after the first minute. Then I worked up to two minutes, three, four and yesterday 30. I'm not sure what I will see when I get to the staring line in a couple of weeks or how out of place I may look or feel. Your blog is a big deal to me. I'm proud of you and your accomplishment of getting out of bed and going for it! Thanks for the inspiration!
    2837 days ago
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