I honestly enjoy getting outside at our house. We couldn't ask for a better place to run. It's right on base, right on the water, beautiful views...and if you're going over 3 miles, you're into a campground with shaded trails. Perfect.
|Love my coach :)|
Second thing. We live in a beautiful place, but I learned I should probably drive somewhere on the weekends to get some rolling hills. Would likely make a difference.
And last big mistake? If you practice with an iPod, are a music major, driven by music, USE IT. What do I have to prove by running without it?! Because I didn't run with it, I completely reverted to the mind battle of having zero distractions and only beating myself up thinking about how I wanted to walk. Thank goodness for having a good coach :)...Josh met me at mile 1, and then he went to the end and started walking backwards just in case something went wrong. And that's when he met the devil herself. It's hilarious now, but I was SO done by the time I got to the end. He pushed me to finish, and that's where we get into another positive. I finished without walking. Whoo! That shouldn't have even been a thought given that I had been going without walking for the last two months, but it was.
I finished with under 10 minute miles, about 9:45. This ticked me off that morning, but now I'm fine with it. Just a little too Type A with having goals and meeting them. Some of you will understand.
|hahaha...What are the odds of this happening?!|
And, one of the funniest things happened after the race. We were standing around talking to our friends waiting for the raffle drawing, when we heard "Lori Beth Sink, first in females age 25-29." So I have this medal to put in a box with Josh's real medals. Too funny that the fastest girls that day were all in the next age group so by pure chance I had the best time in my category. Another positive!
The question now is was that my first and last race? Not sure. I really didn't enjoy racing. I definitely have to take time off for shin splints, vacation, oh- and I broke my pinky toe over the weekend. Had the shin splints since the 2nd week but was too stubborn to stop then. Just iced them twice a day every day and prayed I could make it up the stairs in our house. Once I'm injury free, I'm sure I'll continue to run for fitness sake, but I'm not convinced to do another race. I get the importance of having a goal, but just don't know if a race is it for me. Time will tell!
|Sign from God to stop the running! ;)|