Keeping everyone else happy as a mother/wife/physio whilst trying to keep my personal passion for running alive.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Since when did I think a trail 1/2 marathon was a SPRINT? Since yesterday.
Years ago I did 5 peaks trail races- the "Enduro's" (10-17 kms) . I used to think they were long. After my first race I had to go have a nap, and was stiff for a week! Years later, I'm doing 50 kms, training longer (and running slower I might add)
I was granted a freebie entry into this weekends 5 peaks 1/2 marathon trail run (payback for Volunteering).
I knew I could do the distance. That is all I knew. Sadly, due to the trail conditions we did not get to do the fun technical Diez Vista trail... oh well, its going to be a fast one then! And FUN it was!! And it was a BEAUTIFUL SUNNY day!!!
"AND THEY'RE OFF ! "
Like GREYHOUNDS out of the starting block, all the 1/2 marathoners took off at what seemed like blasting speed. I looked at my Garmin- 6:45-7 min miles- yikes, I can't run that fast... but I kinda had to.
They were greyhounds, I felt more like a little WEINER DOG pumping my legs as fast as they would go to keep up. I was actually thankful for the hills- a place where I could catch up! But catching up was difficult with this fast group. I ended up running alone most of the race.
" Well, I guess this will just be a good speed training run" I tell myself. I had to give my head a shake, speed training? diddn't I used to think of a half as an endurance event? How things have changed ! I finished the first loop of lakeview/buntzen lake in about 1hr 30 mins- then some guy waves me in the direction of my second loop up and around some trails- " Oh Goody" I tell him. As usual, once I'm warmed up, I really start to enjoy the race. I do the rest with a smile on my face.
Thanks to all the endurance training, I was at least able to keep a solid hard pace the whole run and finished with gas in the tank and enough energy to dance all night at a wedding.
It was good to revisit old experiences to see where I've improved (and need improvement) . The BEST part was when Jim suprised me and met me at the finish line! It totally made my day!!
Note to self:
Hard run - feel GREAT after.
Night of partying, dancing in stilletto's- NOT so great after .
Will I ever learn? probably not. Its all in good fun!