I finished up March & was looking forward to getting back to more classes at the gym. I even had my schedule planned for the first week of April. Then I got the email reminding me about the 5 by the 5th virtual race that I am signed up for. I committed to walk either a 5K or 5 miles in the first 5 days of the month for the first 6 months of the year. OK, no problem, I'll do it over the weekend. I pulled out the calendar, crap! April 1-5 are Mon-Fri. I don't have a lot of time during the week to exercise. I don't want to give up my classes for a 5K on the treadmill. What to do? What to do?
I emailed Laura over at Mommy Run Fast (check her out, love her blog!) & asked if I could split up the miles over a few days. She said that was fine, so I decided to walk one mile each day for a 5 mile race. Mon & Tues went fine, then I missed Weds, but was able to do 1.5 on both Thurs & Fri and finished up with 5 miles for the week.
Why tell you all this? Not very exciting right? Well I submitted my time for the race & I won one of the monthly prizes...a new pair of Brooks shoes!! Yay! I'm so excited that I stuck with my commitment, got my miles in & now I get rewarded with new shoes. I just got my first pair of Brooks & I love wearing them to work out.
The other good thing that happened from those walks is that I did each mile at a very fast pace & all that speed work (plus the 100 miles last month) helped me have an awesome race this Sunday at the Scioto Miles race. Adrian & I had both signed up for this 2 race series (and got the free Brooks shoes above) a few months ago. We hoped to both do both races, but we didn't have a sitter in March so I missed that race. This weekend we did have a sitter so we set out together for a race date!
|Before the race|
The horn blasted & we were off. I went to put on my music & my MP3 player wouldn't work. I seriously have the worst luck with music on race day! So I started walking & looking at the sites. There were a few other women around me & I was listening to them as well & chatting a little.
The first mile flew by, I couldn't believe it! I knew I was going at a fast pace & wasn't sure how long I could keep it up, but was gonna keep going. There were some pretty good hills on this course, but I felt strong going up them. By mile 2 I was starting to feel the pace a little, then I fell in step with these 4 ladies
I got my medal, chugged some water & headed back to the finish line to watch for Adrian. I knew he'd be about 15-20 minutes behind me. Then I realized I could go down the stairs & watch for him on the water. I got down there & about 5 minutes later, here he came. He looked great, high fived me & headed for the finish. I raced up the stairs to see him cross. He also PR-ed with just over 1 hour for the 10K. I am so proud of him as well!
|Adrian heading to the finish line!|
Did you race this past week or weekend? How did it go??