Monday, September 12, 2011

Iron Girl 10K and the rest of the stuff

This race I am going to start with the bad and then move to the good. The bad - I forgot my timing chip at home, I went down a one way street the wrong way, Sean dropped me off to park the car after that. I forgot my sunglasses and it was sunny. I felt unorganized at the start of the race, my back hurt, my right ankle hurt, I wanted to give up, I wanted to quit and I wanted to throw in the towel on running all together. It was a long race mentally and physically for me.

Now the good - I looked cute, thanks to a random vote by my facebook friends last night. I am addicted to non racing tanks. I just like the way the feel on my body and I guess since I am not a heavy sweater it works. Love this tank. I just wish I liked it in the other colors as I would snatch some more up.
 The race started on time and was super crowded 5K and 10K started together. That was to be expected as the area we were running was kind of small. Everyone was nice and the volunteers were great. About 2.5 miles in my right ankle started giving me problems and the self doubt crept in. I wanted to give up. This was the first race since my half that my family had come to and I just wanted to see them. The race was two laps around the GreekLake and I figured if I saw them before the 5K finish I would quit at the 5K. I couldn't find them anywhere, so I passed the 5K finish and kept going. I saw them at 3.5 miles. That was the boost I needed to keep going. I was slower then I wanted to be, but I just kept telling myself that I was half way done. I met a very nice lady (sorry I am terrible at getting name) and as we would pass each other we kept encouraging each other along the way. She finished about a minute in front of me and was there waiting with a high-five. Seriously super nice and just what I needed at the time.

Post race I found my husband and daughter, I she was happy to see me. She was just upset that she didn't get to run with me. Next year for sure we will make this a mother/daughter run and just do the 5K. You heard that right I will be back next year. I am not giving up on this running adventure just yet.
At the end I had to go off my time on my garmin since I forgot to put the chip on my shoe. I completed this run in 1 hour and 24 minutes, a little slower then my last 10K and still not the PR I am looking for but I have one more 10K planned for this year The Salmon Days 10K, and well I the route is right out my door so I have home field advantage.

The plan for the rest of the week is simple - get up early and workout before work. Okay not that simple, but my husbands schedule has been a little crazy lately and getting to the gym after work is near impossible.

Monday - Spin
Tuesday - 2 Mi @14:13, arms weights, abs and leg works
Wednesday - Spin
Thursday - 5 mi, 3 miles @ 12:35
Friday - 2 Mi @14:13, arms weights, abs and leg work
Saturday - Rest (maybe Spin depending on how I feel)
Sunday - 8 Miles @14:13

Day 12 - Photo Challenge - On my plate. This is Minestrone Soup that I made last night, so I cheated and took the photo while it was cooking. This is what I am eating today for lunch.

Do you have a favorite type of running top? Good Fall/Winter soup recipe you would like to share?


  1. You did it and that's all that needs to be said. There were a lot watching that didn't do Kudos to you for that!

    I am so nervous for my first (and probably last) half that I am doing the end of October. The farthest I have run so far is 8.3 miles..I did it but the thought of 5 more miles is crazy right now.

  2. I love that it was tough, but you are going to do it again next year.

    I just found a running tank that I really like and now own it in two different colors.

    I'm so proud of you! The 10k is a tough distance...I avoid it.

  3. I think I'm going to run Salmon Days, too. It's been a few years, but in 2009, the course was pretty flat. :)

    Good job pushing through when you weren't feelin' it!

  4. NOT give up on the running adventure! Great job...those runs where everything goes wrong at the beginning are so hard to overcome, but you did it!! :)

    And, that's so cool that your daughter wants to run with you.

  5. love the tank! i wish i didnt sweat so much! :( i hate that feeling of not being ready, but congrats for doing the run anyway!!

  6. You do look cute!!!!! WTG girl!!!!

  7. Congrats on another race! And I love that you ended with "you heard that right next year I'll be back."

    I like solid racing tanks in pretty colors. Currently looking for a teal one.

  8. Nice job on your race! I would have been a basket case after all that pre-race downers! I have a favorite Nike tank... super lightweight & comfy. In fact, I just went online an hour ago and ordered another one!