Here’s your reminder and one last plea to get you to run “with me” this weekend:
The short story: You run a 5K for time this weekend. 3.1 miles, any route you’d like, any time you’d like.
You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, but if you have a blog, we encourage you to blog about it. [and by we, I mean me, Kelly, and Laura.] We’ll be hosting a #Blend5K results and blog post round up over at HLB* next week.
You don’t have to be on Twitter to participate either, but if you are on twitter, we encourage you to tweet using the #Blend5K hashtag. I’m loving seeing talk of the event popping up in my streams. I hope you join the conversation!
While we’re at it, let’s talk some more about running, eh?
The 15K I’m running with my favorite running buddies, Jen and Alicia, is only 16 sleeps away!!! I can’t believe how quickly this event seems to be approaching. Currently, I’m feeling a-whole-lot of excitement and not so much nervousness about the looming 9.3 miles I have ahead of me in two weeks.
Up until yesterday, I was feeling a lot more nervousness than excitement, however. The reasoning is all in my 15K History. In 2010 I registered to run the Stockadeathon 15K. Then, a month or so before the race, I tripped over a stick [yes a stick. not a log. not a branch. just a stick.] and sprained my ankle something fierce. I couldn’t run for several weeks and watched my dream of a 15K in 2010 pass me by.
When 2011 came around, Jen convinced me to run the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, NY in July. I was more serious about my training for Boilermaker than I’ve ever been about a race prior. Somewhere along the way I stopped considering myself ”someone who runs” and finally became comfortable describing myself as a RUNNER. We traveled to Utica and on one hot, sunny day, I ran my first 15K. And I loved it. And I hated it. And I hated it. And I loved it.
When it was all over, I didn’t want to ever run Boilermaker seriously again. I went through a jungle cruise** of emotions during that race. I was so happy when I was starting the race, proving to myself that I was up for the challenge. I was having the time of my life running through the golf course trails with Jen by my side. Eventually the bliss turned to doubt. The doubt frustrated me. [WHY am I suddenly wondering if I can do this?] The frustration confused me. [WHAT am I doing to myself with these mind games?] The confusion made me angry. [GET IT TOGETHER.] Eventually the last mile happened. And eventually I crossed the finish line, under my goal time, which left me feeling frustrated and excited and angry and, therefore, confused all over again.
After Boilermaker I ran one more race in 2011. [The 5K Liz, Emily and I all PRed like
rockblogstars, thank you very much.] I think perhaps I needed a mental and emotional break from it all. I barely ran all winter and didn’t start seriously training until March, when I ran a race*** with and agreed to definitely run the Cohoes Founders Day 15K with Jen and Alicia.
Ever since I said yes to the May 20th race, I’ve felt a bit of stress hanging over my head in the form of old fears, doubts, and memories from 15K’s past. I don’t want to experience another Boilermaker. I don’t want to end up thinking I hate running**** at the end of the day. I don’t want to show up at the start line feeling under prepared next to my two half-marathon conquering friends.
Two things happened yesterday to put my mind at a bit of ease.
1) I ran 7 miles on pace after an exhausting day of work. It wasn’t always easy, but it wasn’t ever as difficult as I expected 7 miles to feel. At the end of the run I felt tired, like I just had a kick butt workout! But while I was stretching afterwards, I felt like I could have added another 2.3 miles to my run without too many problems. If I can run 7 miles after working all day, I can run 9.3 miles on race day morning, after a night of smart preparations and relaxation.
2) I’m currently reading Zen and the Art of Running*****, a book that Julie shared with me recently. Although I’m only a few chapters in, something tells me that this is a book I am going to want to buy a case of to share with all my running friends. It’s changing the way I think about certain running situations.****** Yesterday during my reading, I came across this Buddha quotation: “Do not dwell in the past and do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
I really focused my mind on the miles I was running last night, rather than think about how I was preparing for a future race I was concerned about, or fretting over past races I’ve not felt good about. I dedicated my mind to the present run I was running and I found myself truly enjoying what I was doing so much more than previous training runs.
The fact that I ran seven miles and felt strong afterwards plus the plan to concentrate on the present moment gives me a boost of excitement for race day. This morning I awoke with a refreshing “less stressed about the coming race” change in myself. I feel ready. I feel tough. I feel good about it all.
*if you want to learn more about HLB, please read this!
**jungle cruise > roller coaster.
***which I still haven’t written a recap of. Note to self: add “recap race” to my to do list!
****A temper tantrum I have after all of the “worst runs of my life.”
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******And it’s changing the way I think about certain spirituality, life, relationships, and work situations, too!