Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hingham Turkey Trot 2011

 

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The Turkey Trot has become an annual tradition for me.  I honestly do not remember how many I have run, but I did run it last year when almost 8 months pregnant.  Needless to say, it is a race that I do not miss.

I am NOT in 5K shape right now…. or really any racing shape for that matter.  I had a great great 8 miler last week.  It was awesome and reaffirming.  But, I was still not committed to racing this race at full speed. 

I lined up at the start today after a short little warmup, but I honestly should have arrived earlier.  It was SO crowded.  Terribly so!  I could not get anywhere near the middle, never mind the front.  Full disclosure- I am fully supportive of ALL types of runners.  And, I do not deserve to be on the front line of a race.  I have not earned that! But please, if you plan on run/walking the first mile, do not head towards the front. 

My first mile took me 8:20ish because it took me a bit to get over the line as the gun went off and then I was weaving weaving weaving.  And then I realized, I needed to just race comfortably hard.  I needed to not worry about my time- I even covered my Garmin with my sleeve. I just pushed hard but not so hard that I was gasping.  And guess what- it worked!  I finished in 23:40.  This means I ran in the 7:20s BY FEEL  for the final two miles.  Maybe I am doubting my abilities a bit? Granted, I only had to hold it for 2 miles, but I honestly was not dying out there. 

And now, a shameless “My kid is so cute” picture.  Because he is =)

 

Jack Fall 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Remembering how I became a runner

 

Tonight I had an easy run on my schedule.  Just 25 minutes easy.  For us that marathon, this run is typically harder than seeing a 20 miler on the schedule.  Is 25 minutes even worth it?

Honestly, I did not want to do it.  I had zero motivation except for the fact that my only physical activity had been my two short walks with my dog.  So, after I put the baby to bed, I hopped on the treadmill at 7:35 PM.  I was glad to be there, and honestly, I appreciated this run by the end of it. And, it was not simply because Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown was causing some delayed muscle soreness from yesterday’s tape.

When I ran my first slow mile of 9:20, I recalled when I first started running. I had joined a gym a few months prior and gained the courage to try the treadmill, which was a huge leap from the elliptical.  Then, I made it a habit to run one mile after my elliptical workout at 6.0 (which is a 10 minute mile).  For the first month, that one mile I ran was HARD.  But, I kept at it, and running became easier as I became stronger. And the rest is history.