I have been remiss in documenting my running journey as of late, and since my primary purpose of this blog is to keep track of how I am feeling and how I am progressing, I am sorry for that fact.  I remember a time in my life, not too far in the past, where I spent a great deal of time at home on my laptop computer.  I have not been using it as much, more relying on my iPad and my iPhone, which makes it difficult to write a proper blog post with photos.  I will do better, because I think this is an important part of my journey.

As you can see in the above photo, we ran the LIVESTRONG 5K on Sunday, October 18th.  It was a relatively small race that started after the REAL event, the bike races, were on their way.  I was participating along with several coworkers, as well as with my faithful, trusty husband.  It really was a gorgeous day, and I was feeling pretty good going into the race.

IMG_3602 IMG_3604As we started running, I went to take my Garmin watch out of sleep mode and became very frustrated.  Despite it being a gorgeous, cloud-free day, it took forever to find the satellites and this really messed up my plan for perfect 30 second running/90 second walking intervals.  On the other hand, I ran for probably the first 3-4 tenths of a mile simply while I was waiting for the watch to kick in.  By the time it did, I had already given up on any hope of doing precise intervals and just started running when I felt like it and walking when I felt like it.  As usual, my husband simply kept pace with me.  I felt like I was really walking much faster than usual despite not running as frequently as I wanted, and my husband confirmed this.  I attribute some of that to the playlist I created that had some powerful songs about breast cancer.

I am really seeing a pattern with my runs, whether it is a race or training.  I do NOT enjoy running very much in the middle.  I am thinking about how much I wish I could just go sit down and quit, I am thinking it is taking forever, and I am contemplating how important running REALLY is to me.  Also in the pattern is how Amazing I feel when I finish the race.  I feel so good, so accomplished, and ridiculously proud of myself, and I want to go do more!

IMG_3611IMG_3607Something else that has been a pattern is…I beat my last time!  I have run my 5K distance faster and faster every time.  At this race, I finished in just over 45 minutes, which completely shocked me.  I had a list of goals, and one of those goals was to finish a 5K in less than 45 minutes.  That might not seem like a huge goal for some, but I finished my first 5K in like 57 minutes back in August, so I thought it was a reasonable goal.  I nearly beat that goal at this race, and I was totally excited!  I am obviously getting faster, and the idea that I am at a 15 minute mile is awesome, because it really lets me know I should be able to stay ahead of the balloon ladies at Disney World, as long as I train properly.

IMG_3609After the race, we sat down on the curb and rested a bit.  My husband’s foot was bothering him, and the rest of my coworkers went to enjoy the free breakfast being offered, but I have found I am really not hungry after a race.  Perhaps that will change as my distances increase, but I was content to recover while looking at my pretty pink ASICS.

Looking forward, this weekend, we are going to Houston and running in the Susan B. Komen 5K.  I received my race packet, and I was surprised to see I had two race shirts, one that everyone will get, and one that is just for survivors.  I am sure this is going to be a very emotional race for me, and I am hoping I will be able to beat the 45 minute mark.  If I do meet that goal, the next goal will be to run a 5K in less than 30 minutes.  I am sure I won’t reach that goal as quickly, but I think a little less than a 10 minute mile seems like a reasonable speed goal for me.  I never plan to be super speedy, this is not about seeing how fast I can go.  This is, and always has been about developing a better level of fitness, and endurance.  I want to be able to run longer distances, and as I have mentioned in other posts and I continue to realize, that really makes it a mental battle.  I pride myself on being mentally hardy, so I am going to make this happen.

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