Monday, May 3, 2010

My First Bloomsday!

As most of you know I am training for a 1/2 Marathon... the big day is May 15th. Coming up here real soon!! When Joe's sister, Kelli, asked me to run it with her I laughed. I am not a runner. I played sports in High School, but the last time I really ran was the summer after I graduated in 2011. I thought about it for a few days (back in Jan) and decided to make the commitment. I am so glad I did!

I decided to run Bloomsday this past Sunday. For those of you back in Ohio, Bloomsday is the largest road race in America. It is a 7.46 mile race through Spokane, with over 50,000 participants this year! Google it! I was a little nervous to run the race b/c my training has been so pathetic this past month. It has been so hard to fit in my runs when I now work 50-55 hours a week. I think I calculated that I ran a Total of 15 miles for the month of April!! (I should be running more than that per Week!) You know your in trouble when someone asks you "how's the training going?" and you don't even know what they're talking about! Training? ...obviously it isn't going well b/c it's not happening.

So as the 1/2 Marathon approaches, and my last long run and longest run so far (10miles) took place in Ohio when I was visiting the fam (over a month ago!!) I needed a little pick-me-up. I was in much need of some kind of motivation...I needed this race to go well to boost my confidence and it did just that. My goal was to run it in 1:15, my final time ended up being 1:11:54 (that's a 9:38 mile)

This was my first road race and I'm not going to lie, as I neared mile 6 I almost began to cry. LOL!!! I brought my IPod with me (or I should say Joe's IPod), but didn't even turn it on. There was just too much going on along the way...bands playing, people singing, people cheering people on, photographers...I had so much fun listening and watching everything around me I didn't need my IPod. But, 7miles of no IPod and no one to talk to, you think about a lot! And at mile 6, close to the finish line, that's when I had this huge sense of accomplishment. haha don't laugh! (I can be a bit emotional at times.) But I had so much fun! I can't wait to run it again next year and knock some minutes off of my time.

And if you want to laugh, check out the link will find some candid pictures of me running Bloomsday! Let me warn you, I am not a graceful runner! There are a couple of pictures where I'm not sure how my foot is even pointing in the direction that it is.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So being the loser that I am I looked up Bloomsday on google just to see what it looked like (pictures...) and you can sure people, so I searched you...yeah I know I'm a creeper, but it shows statistics for you. LIKE!!-->You ran a pace of 9:38 per mile, whereas The average pace for 27-year-olds was 13:50!!!! The link is below-

I'm so proud of you! Someday I hope to be able to run right along with you!

I love you very much,