Today was our city's annual 5k! It's a great time for the whole family...the little ones do a 2 block run and then Mark and I run the 5k! Last year and this year my oldest daughter, now 9, ran the 5k with her friends. Well, before I give you the race report, last time I ran the race, 2 years ago, Mark asked me to run with him! The gun went off and I couldn't help but to race and so I ran my own race! He was so upset...He asked me NOT to tell him I would run with him if I was NOT going to! I told him that I liked to race and most likely would NOT "run with him" at races!
Today came, and of course I was going to run, even though I have been 14 days without running, and having a very difficult time getting motivated! Once again he asked if I wanted to run with him. I agreed! Once again the gun went off and I had to do everything in my power to hold myself back from racing.
The third mile I was so excited, I knew that if we maintained our pace Mark would be able to get his goal time. (he wanted to be in the 25's) So I started to encourage him to stay with me and I would pace him to his goal! Oh, he was steaming! So there we are running a race, 1 mile to go, and we are fighting! I couldn't believe it! So I just decided to relax, let him pace and to enjoy myself! We finished in 26:10ish! He was thrilled...I was thrilled...and NO, we were not in a fight!
I was so happy, because I felt great the entire time! I could talk normal....my breath was relaxed...and my mind clear! This is EXACTLY what I needed! I needed a good run to feel positive again! I needed the race to get me all pumped up again! And I needed to realize that it is okay to run races differently and to develop different talents, that in the end will result in faster times. For example, I am the queen of taking the first mile WAY TO FAST! And then hanging on for dear life...until the end! My first mile today was 7:59 and felt fantastic...so if I would teach myself to run a controlled first mile, pick it up 2nd, and then kick it in 3rd...I think I could have more success! But it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. So we will have to see!