Normally I'm a terrible runner, with most of my downfall being my breathing and my mental game. I was excited that this race tested both. I got two mild side-aches during the race, but countered it with deeper controlled breaths and a little slower jog until it abated. I also keep up a very active inner voice when I am doing something difficult (all running included). I figured I'd have to make bargains with myself (one more half mile, and I can take a short walking break!) but it turned out to be such a beautiful run I didn't have to do anything of the sort! I simply enjoyed the run, jogged slower when I needed to, then even sped up and pushed my pace near the end as the finish line came in sight! This is the first race where I kept up a running pace the entire time, no stops for side-aches and breathing or being upset. I'll just have to keep signing up for more as motivation to keep running!
I think a huge part of the success can be attributed to my mental climbing game- I've gotten much better at staying calm and breathing through difficult sections of climbs instead of getting upset and tight and wasting energy. This is going to be super key for further success in both climbing and any form of cardio I do.
I also walked the two miles from my house to the race, then walked to Pizza Luce for the free beer for racers and then walked the 2 1/2 miles home through non-shoveled deep sidewalks. I was utterly exhausted when I finally got home, scarfing down a whole box of mac and cheese before zonking out.
The only pic I have so far from the race is this one, right after I got inside from finishing the race:
showing off my mustache and excited for a mug shot! :)
Today was working and recovering, and finally- FINALLY- finishing the Poseidon's Adventure Shawl!!
It went from looking like a giant amoeba on the needles to 3 hours of binding off 1108 stitches to this:
a big blog just waiting for some blocking. I'll block it tomorrow on my bed, since that's the only place big enough where I can also keep the kittens away.
I'll boulder a bit tonight to loosen up my back muscles, then perhaps a short run tomorrow since I'm in a good running swing right now! Woowoo, runs!