Hi everyone – I hope y’all has been well over the passed few months. I have not updated since the end of June. Time has just gone by so quickly that I didn’t even realize until recently. So many changes have taken place in my life since my last post. I believe I mentioned I was in the process of moving to Springfield and I also accepted a new job opportunity pertaining to my fields of study in college. I am very grateful for these blessings in my life; however, with these changes has come quite an adjustment in many facets of my life.
This change have definitely, by far, affected my energy level – with that comes my energy to actually train for these races I signed up for. I have not trained like I had planned and hoped for, but I have trained some for the races and have actually completed a couple of them.
In August, I travelled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to run in the Glow Run 5k with my friend Katie. I used to work with her at my old job and it was great to spend time with her and to run my first race ever with her. The weather was so incredibly humid, more so than what I imagined. (That’s the weather in the Midwest, though – you’ve got to expect the unexpected.)
It turns out there were over 7,000 people who participated in the even. There were so many people they had people start in four of five different waves. Considering the conditions and the amount of participants, and that I didn’t have music to keep me going, I think I did okay for my first 5k race – I finished the race in 46:41.
I continued to run after that race, but sporadically. I decided I should find another race, local this time, to do. I searched and found a race that would be a perfect fit for me – a race for a great cause and it was also taking place at my alma mater. It’s called the Panther Run, benefitting Care to Learn at Drury University. I ran this race with my coworker, Rina, who is into running also.
I woke up on race day and looked out the window at the weather conditions and sure enough, it was storming. I couldn’t help but think, “what the hell did we get ourselves into?!”
We went to the event anyway, hoping it would subside by the time the race started. Little did we know it wouldn’t die down by that point and the race would be delayed a couple hours. After that period of time, the rain hadn’t let up much, but the storming was over. They let us go ahead and run!
I was apprehensive about running in the elements, as I had never done this before. I am not someone who would normally do this – I see rain, I stay home!
At any rate, we completed the race…in the rain! It had been raining so much there were numerous puddles I had to run through because there was no way around them! I felt like the rain and puddles weighed me down; that tech shirt I wore just soaked it all in and slowed me down a little bit. But, what do you do? I contemplated running with a jacket on, but I’m glad I didn’t. I think it would have been more uncomfortable than just toughing it out.
Rina finished before I did, but she is like Speedy Gonzales compared to me! She finished before I did; I think about 12 minutes or so. I ended up finishing the Panther Run in 40:46. I was happy with that time considering the conditions. Not only that, but I shave about 6 minutes off of my time, even in the rain. I was quite proud of myself for that!!
These 5k races have been great. I am happy I’ve completed them. I really like running now! I like it much more than I ever thought I would, simply because I am not a natural runner. It takes work for me to do them. I wish time and energy allowed me to run more and more.
This brings me to my upcoming race…the BIGGIE race. It’s the Bass Pro Shops Cohick Half Marathon, taking place November 3. That is ONLY a week and a half away. I am happy this race is almost here, but I will admit I am totally not as prepared as I want to be or should be. This fact absolutely scares me. I have been trying to get out there and increase my mileage the passed couple weeks to about 7 miles, finishing in about a 1 hour and 45 minutes. I am hoping to increase in to about 8 and a half by next weekend. After that, I will run lower miles the week before race day.
It’s not the most ideal way of training, but at this point it’s the only thing I feel I can do. I thought seriously about dropping down to the 5k event, taking place the same day. I didn’t want to seem like I was chickening and taking the easy way out to everyone I have talked about this race with. I know I don’t have to prove anything to anyone but myself, but I don’t want to go back on something I told myself I wanted to do. More than anything, I would feel like I was letting myself down.
I’ve decided to suck it up and forget about my initial expectations for myself. At first, I was like, “I am gonna have a great time and finish it in such-and-such time if I train really hard…” Reality has set in, being that there have been some other things in my life (the move and the new job) that have played a role in my lack of training for this big event. I have promised myself to be more realistic and not be so hard on myself if I don’t achieve something I feel I should.
My motto for this race:
NOT IN IT FOR TIME, IN IT TO FINISH IT
All in all, I am really excited for this race! I want to be able to say I finished a half-marathon. A year ago, I wasn’t able to run a 5k. I was actually signed up for the Bass Pro Shops 5k and chickened out because I wasn’t prepared. Now I can run those three miles like nothing. I have to remind myself that I am capable of accomplishing these goals I set for myself, maybe not in the time frame I imagine, but I CAN DO IT.
I will close for now, but I felt like I wanted to give an update on the progress no matter how small. I will be writing another post here in a few days about some thing that I think is quite important about me and things I am currently going through. I just have to find the words to convey the message I want to achieve. I hope you’ll be back to read it too.