Thanks so much for the good luck wishes on my last post. The race went very well and it felt like a million bucks to be back on a starting line feeling healthy again. (actually it felt like $45…the cost of registration, ha ha.) EARLY rise yesterday. The Engineer is on a submarine for the weekend so I woke up at 4:30 to have my coffee, get ready, and drop the kids off at a friends house. Friends who volunteer to watch your kids at 5:30 am are lifesavers. I get her kids for a sleepover tonight so I’ll get my payback 😉
Before the Run/Walk for the Kids 8K- Norfolk I had my usual: Tons of Coffee, Gatorade, Water, & a Honey Stinger Waffle. For a half or full I will eat more but a larger breakfast before short races leaves me sluggish. Today I ran watchless. No Garmin, no wristwatch, nothing. Not sure if that was a good idea yet or not. I knew I am not in PR shape and I didn’t want to discourage myself. Oh and when I put on my racing flats for the first time in 6 months, it felt SO good. Sounds dramatic but that’s when it hit me that I really am back running again!
I purposely did not go out too fast, which I am NOTORIOUS for. Guessing around 6:10ish pace based off a friends splits. I am kicking myself for running too conservatively in the middle miles. I had my eye on the second place girl and eased up to stick with her until mile 3 when I realized I had too much left in the tank and took off. I guess for my first race back it was good to shake the rust off but in retrospect I’m happy but not thrilled with my time of 30:42 (6:10) pace. I should have been 30 seconds faster, I should have remembered how much it’s supposed to hurt. I came in as 2nd Female to 2-time Olympic Trials runner Renee High and 14th overall. After chatting with friends, enjoying the awards ceremony (Great awards from Running, Etc. and Road I.D.), and after I snagged two pieces of pizza, we did a cool down with another friend. It was awesome seeing all the new Running, Etc. racing teammates!
Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!! I took the rest of Saturday off and am back at the base training today. 16 weeks until my Goal Race so this is just the beginning and I am truly loving it! Happy Father’s Day!!