So I ran a race a few weeks ago. The Torchlight 5K. It’s a fun race- it starts at the Basilica and goes through downtown Minneapolis and ends in my neighborhood on St. Anthony main.
Now, I have been running with Moms on the Run- but even though I insist on running despite my husband’s concerns, my doctor’s concerns- I have not been running that much. I have been skipping my Saturday group because I am sooo tired (loosing sleep for early meeting at work) or we have had stuff going on and then honestly- it is HOT in July and I do not do heat well- so I have skipped at least once due to heat- and another day I was having such a rough day I just skipped because I thought I was going to cry… LOL You know- we all have those days!
So anyway- when I ran this race- I was not as prepared as I probably should have been. But I did it anyway! LOL My Guy waited for me at the finish line. This is the first race since I met him that we did not run together! Crazy!
Anyway- I started out way too fast. But it always feels SLOW. I knew from the beginning that it would be a rough one. I ran my Moms on the Run intervals which was 8 minutes run- 1 minute walk. THAT killed me. The last intervals I had really done was 5/1 so this was quite an increase.
It was cool to run the beginning 1/3 of the race because there are huge crowds already lined up waiting for the Aquatennial parade that comes after it. And it was awesome to have My Guy waiting for me at the end.
One of the cool things about this race is that there is a big party after… bands, free beer, merchandise tents… it’s a good time. I got to see my Moms on the Run coach after the race- that was fun and My Guy and I grabbed our free beer- even though we don’t even really drink beer! LOL But at a Beer Race- you have to drink your beer! LOL
So seriously- it took me a LONG time to recover from this race. I don’t know why it was so hard. Maybe because I ran that first mile so fast? Maybe because it was 8 minutes of running? But my knees hurt so much after- and for a couple of days- but that was the first time all summer (after the shots) that they hurt so much. I didn’t run for more than a week after because I was just still UGH.
Then yesterday- it was our regular weds run group night. And I did NOT want to go! UGH! LOL It’s hot and I am just all blah! So My Guy decides he will go sit in the park and read and wait for me- so we will leave together and I will know he is out there waiting. That actually did help- it was good for us both! And I always do love being with the ladies!
Instead of the intervals everyone else is up to- 15 run/1 walk X2… I did my 5/1 X6. Since I really have not been doing much of the extra work and skipping classes like I mentioned before- I figure I should go back to where I was comfortable and start working from there.
It felt so much better! It was still hard- especially going up that last hill… but I did it! At the end- I was the last person back to the start and they are all so sweet- two of the gals ran back to run to the end with me. THAT is why I love this group- no one is ever left behind!
(In the beginning I was one of the first ladies finished each week- almost two years off from running- my knees were happy and rested- but now after even just the two days – ok or ONE day- a week running- this arthritis, even with the cortisone shot- is making it very difficult!)
I actually feel pretty good today- even though my pace with the shorter intervals was ALMOST as good as that race! I am not nearly as sore and it won’t take me a week to recover. Crazy! I knew I was not doing great at the race! Also- I feel good about kind of restarting at this level. My Guy and I are going to run a Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving- as kind of a “Last Hurrah” to running for us both. I think I will be able to work back up to a pretty good pace if I stay focused and stop skipping classes!
So anyway- that’s just some run musings… It’s interesting. My ambivalence yet my desire to run fighting with each other… I only have a few more months to run- so I really need to get this going!
How is your MOVING? Are you getting out there this summer?