My first ever race!! It was awesome!! I couldn’t believe how quickly the miles went by. It was so much fun to pass people. And it was even fun to watch other women pass me. I felt so proud of all of us. For choosing to be there and choosing to believe that running almost 3.5 miles of trails up on a mountain was FUN!
I was proud of myself for being there because I almost didn’t go. I was feeling disappointed that I wasn’t able to prepare properly. I wanted to be able to run the whole thing and I knew that with my injuries and confidence issues, I would have to walk some of it.
But one of the biggest things that I’ve been working on with my coach is my attitude towards running. I used to think that I wasn’t making any progress if I didn’t feel completely miserable at the end of my run. We’ve been working on including warm-ups and cool-downs within my run assignments. This has helped me tremendously. The last few times I’ve run on the treadmill and taken a picture for my records, I didn’t even notice or care about the time. I’ve stopped trying to race with myself and learned to relax and enjoy the process.
This new attitude allowed me to be relaxed when I started the race. My goal was to finish it. No matter the time.
I finished it in 41:20, which seems mediocre. But I’m really proud of this for several reasons:
- The course record is 21:51 (much slower than the average 5k road race)
- I had to stop three times. Once to tie my shoes (I will never forget to double knot. Ever.) and twice to get debris out of the side of my shoe (thinking about getting some gaiters for my next trail race).
- I was #8 out of 25 women in my age group
- I would have been #3 had I been in the 30-34 age group. The 35-39 females rocked it!!
- I didn’t push myself very hard because I wanted to enjoy the experience. I know I’m capable of much more.
Apparently it’s a San Francisco tradition to serve It’s It ice cream sandwiches after a race! Too bad I wasn’t all that hungry. I’m ashamed to report that I couldn’t even finish it.
Here’s my what my workout week looked:
Saturday: 3.39 miles – 41:20 (trail with 369 ft. elevation gain)
Tuesday: 2.0 miles – 21:28 (treadmill)
Thursday: 2.75 miles – 30:02 (treadmill)
Tuesday: box jumps – 20 x 4
wide squats 15 lb. – 20 x 3
hammy ball curls – 12 x 3
plank with 20 lb. on back – 30 sec. x 2
Thursday: Ball push-ups – 12 x 3
Lat raises 10 lb. – 12 x 3
Reverse pull-ups – 12 x 3
Tricep cable curls 10 lb. – 12 x 3
Bicep cable curls 15 lb. – 12 x 3
Tuesday: 7, 8, 7, 7, 8 with 60 second rests
Thursday: 8, 9, 7, 8, 9 with 90 second rests
Every night while watching tv
I found the best way to stretch my inner thighs. I get into Wide Child’s Pose and then have one of the kids sit on my lower back. I really want to be able to do the splits.