Saturday, October 13, 2012
I had butterflies in my stomach all day yesterday and I had a hard time sleeping last night but I did it! I finished the Gunstock 5K trail run this morning. I'm so proud of me!
I had set two goals for myself. My first goal was to run the race in 35 minutes. I really wanted to get under 35 if possible and that would make me extremely happy. My second goal was to finish in under 45 minutes--I had heard trail runs were really hard and I knew there were going to be a lot of hills. I would not be disappointed in myself at all as long as I finished the race in under 45 minutes.
I am very happy to report that I ran it in 32:24.14!!!! I blew my goal out of the water AND I probably wasn't as tired as I should have been at the end. I could have pushed harder and didn't even know it.
My big downfall was the dang hills. I ended up fast walking up a few. I was just so out of breath. But I always quickly regained my breathing and I was usually able to keep pace with the slow runners near me (as in I was walking as fast as a slow runner).
I'm feeling really good this afternoon. Not totally worn out just a little muscle fatigue. Oh, and my back is sore. I'm thinking that is from running down hill.
I am going to do this again. There are some more races coming up in the next few months that I may attempt. But first I need to work on my hill ascents and descents. The third place winner ran the race in just over 28 minutes. I'm thinking if I train right I may be able to place next year. Those hills are going to be key if I'm going to trim 4 minutes off my 5K time.
I really enjoyed running this race and I now know why my sister is hooked on running. It is such an exhilarating feeling running surrounded by so many people all with the same goal in mind: to finish the race and do it well.