I learned a lot this weekend. Saturday I learned that local races aren't as intimidating as I made them out to be.
The 5K and 10K started out together. I was with a whole bunch of people!! I was with a lady who was my pace and I was loving it!! My IPOD fell off my shorts and I had to stop to reattach it, so I feel a little behind her. She turned around at the 5K turnaround. All the sudden I was totally by myself. TOTALLY!!! All alone. No one in front of me, no one behind me. Around mile 2.5 I heard a car behind me, going VERY SLOWLY!! I looked over my shoulder and recognized THE CAR!! I saw it at the start line, It had a huge sign on the side that said, "10K END of RACE". My heart sank. I was last! Totally last, and this car was announcing it to the whole city. Everyone saw me. Of course miles 3 to 5 were an out an back, and everyone coming back saw me with THE CAR. A few people waved and shouted encouragement, I wanted the pavement to swallow me up. At mile 4 I saw a man in front of me, and I felt some relief. He wasn't that far away. At the turnaround I hollered over to her that I was sorry!! And she was so very nice!!! She encouraged me and told me not give up. At one point I wanted to stop and walk, but I didnt want to do it with her back there!! SO she kept me going!! Then at mile 5 she pulled up beside me and said another runner from the marathon had been hit by a car and she had to go. In a way I was relieved, but I also realized I didnt push myself quite as hard.
It was little cold at the start!! My mantra, follow the blue line, follow the blue line, follow the blue line!!
My husband the driver, encourager, and picture takerer. He drove to different intersections and snapped some pictures. It was nice to have him along!!
This time I did a lot of stretching. Usually I do the normal leg stretches, but this time I laid on the ground and did some hip stretches too!! Stretches and sleep make for great recovery!
I could tell that I wasnt at my best. Races on back to back days is a new one for me. BUT, I learned a lot, and wouldnt change it!