I did it! I finished the 10K… and it wasn’t even on my bucket list.
I wish I had some fabulous photo of my run here, but I didn’t take any. Not before, not after. I’m sure soon the race photographers will email me a fabulous photo of me looking pained or adjusting my shorts and
blackmail invite me to buy a copy of it for $50.
My friend Renee asked me two weeks ago what my goals were. I think this was after the week of back pain but while I was still nursing my ankle sprain. My goals were:
- do under 1:10
- not have abdominal cramps or worse
- feel good at the end
(Not shooting too high, here.)
We woke up to a beautiful day and parked with no problems. We made it to the start line and I found my two friends. The trumpet played; the gun went off. We were running. It became immediately clear that I had neglected several parts of my pre-race preparation.
- I had not reconnected my Pandora to the web (I turned it off since it was eating up all my battery power) so I didn’t have my tunes.
- I didn’t start my mapmyrun so I had no sense of my pace.
This is my standard pre-race problem. I have these euphoric runs around our neighborhood and open-space. My music and the little voice who tells me my pace really help me set my internal monitor. I had neither. I became very concerned that I would not make it through the two big hills, and I started trying to pace myself by how I felt. And I felt pretty good. Until the end, when I realized that I ran a good 20 seconds per minute slower than my regular pace and had a ton of juice left at the end. Goals met: finish, and have no abdominal cramps, and feel good at the end. Goal not met: finish under 1:10.
It turns out I’m kinda lazy. If the options are A) push myself or B) smell the roses, I’m much more likely to smell the roses. And the peonies.
Next year: take more photos at the beginning and the end. Push myself a little more. Shoot to be tired at the finish line. Continue to be grateful that I can run.