Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday Thoughts 9.6.12

I’m going to make this a little more run-oriented than normal because I’m fairly certain at this point if you could bottle up running and inject it into my veins, I’d just be a junkie - straight up.

10k Training 

Race day is Saturday. Like this Saturday. I have been running for 6 weeks on a training schedule – the first time I’ve attempted one and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I can’t believe how dedicated I’ve been. I have absolutely no doubt that I will succeed in my 10k and my future half based on my performance these past 6 weeks. I don’t think I’m any faster – in fact, I’m positive of it – but for me, personally, this whole time with my focus on just going the distance it has really given me an insight into a part of me I didn’t know existed. If you can’t tell, I’m really proud of myself and the person *ahem excuse me* into the runner I’m becoming.

I’m anticipating I will finish somewhere between 1 hr 15 minutes and 1 hr 30 minutes. If I’m finished earlier – SAWHEEETTT! If I finish later – SAWHEEETTT! This will be my first 10k, so in whatever time I do it will be a PR [personal record], so I’m just going to go out there, enjoy it and run my heart out when I see my Lillie & my Alfred waiting for me at the finish line. I’m pretty sure I may cry. Apparently, it’s what I do.


Over the weekend I managed to do something stupid [somehow] and noticed a sharp pain above my ankle Monday morning. So, naturally I tweeted about it for some sympathy.

What? Don’t judge me, you know you’ve done the same thing.

When I came to work on Tuesday it was still a little sore, but after talking with Moj [the woman who introduced me to burpees] about it [she is an Anatomy instructor, after all!] We decided I should stretch it a little more and maybe it’s just that tendon being a butt-face [technical term, my friends] and I should attempt a run. So, I did. I ran 3 miles with no real problem and no more pain. It’s lessened over the days, but I’m still icing it a bit and keeping it elevated. The last thing I want is a serious injury to sideline me for my half in January because I thought I could do the hokey pokey in flip-flops while simultaneously drinking a weird fruity concoction of alcoholic proportions. I’m sure you understand.

Current Feelings

I’m getting really nervous. I can already feel my stomach tying up in knots at the thought of running 6.2 miles in less than 2 days. Because I’ve run a few 5ks, I hardly get nervous until a few minutes before race time – so this is throwing me in a tizzy. I’m pretty sure my armpits started sweating when I typed 6.2 miles a second ago.

Yep, just checked. Sweating.

I think part of it is that I had such a crappy time at my 5k in July that I’m somehow worried it will rollover into this 10k. Logically I know this is stupid. But emotionally all I can think about is falling down to my knees and screaming Nooooooo mid-race because my legs have physically given out on me and having to crawl over my own puke…or worse yet – pooping on myself. Which is why I haven’t eaten my Fiber One cereal all week. [Don’t laugh, that shit is good.]

Future Running Buddies

I am also really humbled at the number of people I know in real life [I seriously didn’t realize some of you even read this shit] who have emailed, called, texted, messaged me letting me know you’ve started running! I am no expert, I learn every day but it has been so exciting to be able to share something I’m passionate about with others and have a positive impact in their lives. And if you’re in the Waco, Texas area [or not, it’s whatever] and don’t want to do a race alone – tell me – I will be there in a heartbeat either as a competitor [you’re going down!] or as a cheerleader on the side line. Seriously. I will make you awesome signs. Just ask Abbey.

Upcoming Races

I have a couple of things in the books that deserve a post of their own [soon, I promise!], but let it be known I will be recruiting. So get your running shoes & water bottle and leave the excuses at the door. Because we got this. We got this hard.


Leia Glover said...

I would like to personally nominate myself for future running buddy! Im starting training TODAY for the superhero 5k! IM SOOOOOO NERVOUS! but so excited!

Wait... did we just find another reason to be potential bffs?! Pretty sure thats what just happened.

Abbey said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY 10K!!!! You're gonna rock it. And like you said, no matter what, it's a PR! Woohoo!

Sar said...

You. Are. AMAZING! So exciting! Also, "The last thing I want is a serious injury to sideline me for my half in January because I thought I could do the hokey pokey in flip-flops while simultaneously drinking a weird fruity concoction of alcoholic proportions" is my favorite sentence ever.

Adrienne said...

You are going to do AWESOMELY!

[Sorry I know that would have sounded better if it said "awesome" but can't.use.incorrect.grammar.]

Every singly solitary race I ever run. Ever! I get SUPER nervous right before. As we're doing that awkward crowd walk up thingy together, I always feel like I'm going to puke, but after running for a few seconds, finding my groove, and jamming up the ipod, I'm fine! So, don't worry, it's not just you!

Also, I signed up for a 10k for next month. Am I crazy? Probably.

Wait, no, we so got this.

Hey! I used incorrect grammar! And I'm okay!


Okay, finally, finally, on the morning of the race, eat a small breakfast. Like a smoothie with a hard boiled egg, or something like that. It helps :)

Also, coffee's cool too, but it might make you have to poo on the race. Which always really, really, really, really sucks. So been there. No shame!

You're going to rock this lady!

Recently Roached said...

Ha ha. This is such a great post!
I'm currently training for my third marathon. I'd kill for a running buddy. You could run to San Antonio?! :)