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Sometimes Life Gets in the Way

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

So, I had been so faithful the first 3 weeks of my 5 week running program. However, after some 12 hour shifts, running just isn't possible. My race was October 19th, and the whole week beforehand, I didn't run a step. I was heading to upstate New York to visit Josh, and to run, so I had to work several shifts in a row, which is exhausting. Then I was driving up here, and then it was the day before the race, so I didn't want to run and be tired out, right?

Not gonna lie, the morning of the race, I was feeling pretty discouraged and ashamed of my training. My right quad was hurting, and I wasn't sure if it was actually a physical problem, or a mental projection of my unpreparedness. As we drew closer to the starting line to hear the explanation of the course, we could already see the first hill. Oops, I'd done most of my running on a treadmill...flat. As we took off, I did the first two cycles of my plan: run 3 minutes, walk 2. Then I needed to take longer walk breaks and shorter running bursts. Josh stayed with me the whole way, and was great at encouraging me to keep going, get my breathing under control, and to push myself. There are some pretty nasty hills in Oakwood Cemetery!

Anyways, we finished the 5K in 35:51. The goal I set that morning was 40 minutes. I was very pleased with it. Plus, just like I knew it would, the race caused the running bug to bite me again. I looked at the other girls my age, and knew I could be faster than them. All in all, I'd say this was a great experience, and I learned some things.
1)Treadmills are great, but start using the incline setting. Otherwise it's cheating.
2)Never forget ear coverings at a fall race (My ears were dying...)
3)Don't wear high heels to a date the evening after a race. Your feet will be in agony.
4)Your legs look pretty nice in high heels after a race.
5)Doing a workout you really don't like with someone you love can make you like the workout (Josh is not a runner at all, but he had a blast)
6)Races are great motivation for your training
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