We were planning for not so great weather, especially since it had rained for a week straight up until Sunday, so we assumed it would be soggy roads (bad), cooler temperatures since the race started at 7am (good) and no sun (good.) What I DIDN’T plan for was the humidity!!! That was a doozy to adjust to for the first half mile, especially with my exercise induced asthma, but my lungs adjusted after a while and felt fine the remainder of the race.
finish the race
run the entire time, don’t walk!
finish the 5 miles in under an hour
My second goal, to finish in under an hour, was a goal I started to focus on once my mileage and stamina increased considerably within the second month of training. Namely, when my husband first took me along with him on one of his “long runs” and I actually survived and came pretty close to hitting 5 miles in an hour, I realized that it was definitely an achievable goal to work towards.
My third goal, to run the entire race without walking, was more of a mental goal, believe it or not. I knew my mind would be telling me well before my legs and lungs were anywhere near their edge that I needed to walk for a bit. So I told myself no matter what, no matter how slow I’m moving, I’m still running. No walking! This came in handy, telling myself to keep running, after aforementioned Hospital Hill, which pretty much burned my quads out. And still I kept running!
I might add, I officially have the running bug, as I am currently scouring online to find another race to run midsummer (Quantico 12K?), and hopefully a half marathon in the fall…(Did I just write that?!)
My husband, by the way, also ran a race on the same day….his first half marathon! I’m still in awe of him finishing 13.1 miles (and a bit jealous of his slightly bigger medal!) I have him to blame for the running bug that is infecting our family. Even the kids want to come running with us whenever they see one of us about to take off on a run!
So, we made sure to celebrate finishing our races, because we both overcame some obstacles to get to this point…And what better way to celebrate than with some well earned, delicious chocolate cake….because why not?