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Race Recap July 31, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Race,Running — Cyndi @ 8:26 pm
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Hi Everyone!

I hope your weekend is off to a nice start. I usually don’t have weekends off, but I lucked out this time around. You won’t hear any complaints from me about that one.

So this morning Kena and I woke up at 5:45 to get ready for our race. We had to drive about 45 minutes to get to Westport, and we wanted to make sure we were able to register and stretch before the race started.

I have to say as soon as I woke up this morning I was a little nervous about how I was going to do. The dog slept in my room last night, since Kena was bunking on the couch, and I swear she woke me up every 15 minutes. It was nuts. Needless to say I woke up feeling a little stiff, and not very well rested.

We got to the Longshore Club Park about a half hour before starting time, which is what we were hoping for. I’d rather have extra time before the race starts than feel rushed to get to the starting line. It was actually kind of chilly down by the water, but the sun was shining, and overall it was a great day for a race. I couldn’t wait to start running so I could warm up.

As we registered and started stretching Kena and I started looking at the people joining us. We were surrounded by hardcore runners. Every single person there looked like they had raced before. I felt a little out of my element, but I tried not to let it get to me. Nobody there knew that I didn’t have as much experience as they did.

Do you ever get pre-race jitters? How do you handle them?

Once I started running I stopped worrying about the people around me, and just focused on myself. The Westport Road Runners, who put on the race, have a no headphones rule so I ran my first wireless race. It was definitely different, and it’s nice to get back to basics sometimes.

I saw Kena running in front of me for maybe the first half mile and then I didn’t see her again until the end. I told you she was fast.

Here are my stats:

Warning: If you’re looking for Speedy Gonzalez that’s not me. I’m focusing on distance rather than speed at this point. And heck I’m just grateful that I can run at all.

Total Distance: 4.62 miles (I was disappointed that it was less than the website said it was.)

Total Time: 48:08

Average Pace: 10:33

Mile 1: 10:37

Mile 2: 10:17

Mile 3: 10:58

Mile 4: 10:28

Mile 4-4.62: 6:50

I came in 127 out of 150. Kena rocked it at 42:13, and came in at 110.

Overall, I accomplished both of my goals, I finished, and I didn’t finish last. But I still think I could have done better. I know I have it in me to run faster than I did today. I think a part of it was that I was nervous because it was my longest race to date. I didn’t want to burn myself out too quickly, but I never really pushed myself either.

When we finished the race I let my husband know how we did and he responded, “did you get any free stuff?”

And when I couldn’t think of anything to say Kena replied, “we got free experiences.”

Which isn’t entirely true since we had to pay the entry fee, but it definitely was an experience.

Stay tuned for our next race on August 15th. I promise to have a camera by then so I can actually get some pictures of the course.

Here’s your reward for reading a post without any pictures:

This is the Bear I’m always talking about.

I’m off to pick the husband up from the airport. (I’m so excited it is not even funny.)

Until next time Blogland!


Wish Us Luck! July 30, 2010

Filed under: Exercise,Race,Running — Cyndi @ 10:25 pm
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Howdy Friends!

It’s that wonderful time of the evening where I entertain you with my blog shenanigans. My work day was a little crummy, but the festivities after definitely made up for it. I got to go bowling with some of my nearest and dearest. Spending time with friends always puts me in a better mood.

I took the day off from running today, since I have a race coming up tomorrow. The Westport Road Runners 4.7 miler.

I’m fortunate enough to have my cousin, Kena, running this one with me.

She’s a lot faster than I am, but that’s just incentive to get me moving faster.

I’m big on race day ritual. For every race that I have run I eat the same breakfast. I can’t leave the house without eating my whole wheat toast with peanut butter and drinking a cup of coffee. I usually try to wear at least one item of clothing from the race I did before too. I figure if I did well in my last race it makes sense to keep the good vibes going by not changing much.

I also like to have a goal in mind when it comes to my races. My first goal is to finish. I always want to cross the finish line, once that is accomplished I like to hope that I haven’t finished last. But I try to take every race as an opportunity to learn about what works for me as a competitor.

I want to be a good sport.

There is no use in being hard on myself if I can’t come in under a certain time, or within a certain part of my age group. The best I can do is use my performance as a way to evaluate my training and how to prepare better for next time. For example when I did the Red Dress Run on July 10th I was trying to come in under 30 minutes, but when I crossed that finish line the clock read 30:28. I was 29 seconds over my goal time. I was pretty bummed at first, but then I realized that it was not my last 5k. There will be others, and that gives me plenty of time to get faster.

Wish us luck for tomorrow. I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with a race recap, as well as our results. Sleep tight, Blogland!

Questions for you:

Do you have any race day rituals you complete before crossing the starting line?

Do you have a goal in mind when you sign up for a race? How do you decide what it will be?