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.
As 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!
Something 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.
After 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.