Remember when I was going to run a race?
Well, I did it! And I have photographic evidence to prove it.
What it also proves is that your 11 year old needs photography lessons, starting with “don’t cut off a foot” and “your subject is more important than scenery in this moment.” You should have seen this picture before I edited it. 🙂 (Unfortunately I don’t know how to add the rest of my foot in my free editing software. That must be in the upgrade.)
My goal was to run the 5k in 36 minutes. Well, I failed. At least officially. The race was a timed finish, but not a timed start, so I finished in under 39 minutes, but I wasn’t near the front and I don’t know how long it took me to get there. So I’ll say I finished in 37:30. I should just say I finished in 36, right? 🙂
I knew I didn’t want to take off too fast, so I started slowly, with my friend taking off in front of me even though she lied and said she was slow like me. (Just kidding Renate! Kind of.) And I decided that “slow and steady” would help me run the whole thing and get to the finish line as close to my goal as possible. Plus, it was HOT and I didn’t want that to kill me.
Well, slow and steady I ran. SLOW. And STEADY. But half way through, my knee, which I hadn’t had any problems with in my training, started bothering me and so I started taking short walking breaks when the pain started to get to me. I’d walk until it didn’t hurt anymore and then I’d run until it got too painful. Thankfully, I was able to keep this up and ended up still getting close to my goal. I am certain that if I would have run the whole distance that I would have beat my goal, even in the heat.
And when I got to the finish line, I felt really great. Except that I almost peed my pants right when I stopped running and relaxed a bit right after the finish line. (Okay, so in all honesty, maybe “almost” isn’t quite accurate. I’ve birthed 4 kids. Lay off.)
The thing is, they only had water and some sports drink to refuel. And it totally left me bummed out. It just wasn’t the same and left me wanting more. So I came home to a tall glass of chocolate milk to help my body recoup. And that it did. My knee pain was gone by the afternoon and I felt great, even though I ran a mile farther than I had run in my training and did so in the hot hot sun.
What did I learn from my first race back? First, that I could do it. That I can run a race and make it to the finish line. And to have confidence in myself that I’ll reach my time goal in my next race. (Which has been decreased to 35 minutes, I’ll add.) I also learned that I need new running shoes. Holy cow did my feet hurt afterwards!
So onward I run, hoping more people see the back of me at my next race in three weeks than in my first.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am working with Indiana Dairy and their Refuel Runner Ambassador Program. I’m super excited to be part of the program and to share with you my opinions and experiences. Of course, those opinions and experiences are all my own. Now go refuel with chocolate milk.