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!