Monday, September 12, 2011

First Race Back

I have been away from running, and miss it.  For me running is my therapy.  I get to think while I am running.  One of my friends was holding a 5K for CHD awareness.  I decided this was the perfect time to go back to racing.  I decided after the Marathon that I wanted to focus on getting healthy, then back to running.  I planned on doing 5k here and there.  Next year I want to train for a half marathon.  I am going to wait a while before tackling another marathon.

The race was about an hour from my house.  I got up, got everything together and headed down to the race.  It was raining when I left.  I started having marathon flashbacks.  Good ones and not so good ones.  I then stopped myself and focused.  I knew that this was a 5K and I could do it.  I kept telling myself not to worry about a pace.  I wanted simply to run the entire 5K and finish.  I know that I have not been training, so having a PR was not in the cards.

When I got there, I got my number then started my normal pre race ritual.  I got my running belt on, attached my number.  I made sure that my garmin had found a signal, and then turned it off, since I had a while before the run.  I then made sure that I had the right song list on my iPod Shuffle.  Then I walked around and watched.  Soon after that they had a kids mile.  I am glad it was before the 5K because I got to watch it.  The kids were so cute running around the track.

After they finished, we headed to the starting line.  I was so nervous.  I knew that I could do it, but worried that I would have the shin splints again.  I started off, looked down about 1/4 of the mile in and saw that I was at a 8:45 pace.  I knew that was way too fast, so I slowed down.  My goal was to be right around 10:00 pace the entire time.  I was so concerned with my garmin not with how I felt.  This was a problem for me because I found that it over came me.  The only good part was I was not panicked with thoughts that I could not do it.

As I was coming in to the end I set sights on 3 people I wanted to pass.  I did, but too early, the last bit I started to slow down, and of course they passed me.  Oh well I will eventually learn when to kick it in at the end.  I felt strong the entire run.  I finished in 31:18, not too bad.  48th over all.  I am proud of my accomplishment.  I know that as I keep running I will get faster.  I love racing, it is a great feeling of accomplishment when I cross the finish line.  I suggest that everyone do it!!!!

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