Labor Day 5k ~ An uphill battle!

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My husband and I have been enjoying running together and he likes looking for different races. He saw one on his birthday and decided it would be a good way to usher in his “new year”.

As I looked at the course, I realized it is in one of the hillier parts of Cape Cod. I decided to pretend it wouldn’t be THAT hilly. It’s Cape Cod, the hill can only be so big. Ha – the entire course was uphill. There was a steep downhill at the very end, but it didn’t offer much relief.

Our day began with massive thunderstorms that woke up the entire house and continued for hours. Luckily they had cleared through by race time. It was humid, and grey with a little drizzle.

I was nervous about this race, because my training was even less than before. I was sneaking in a 3 mile run once a week. Not to mention my body was beginning to feel the effects of teaching extra classes and being active. Imagine my surprise when I jogged the entire race!

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The event was a walk/run. They asked people to walk on the sidewalk and runners could be in the road. They had a police officer driving behind the last runner. I was only a few people in front of the cruiser. It was like having my own parade!

I handled the hills better than I anticipated. Going into the race, my mottos were – one foot in front of the other and keep moving. The finish was a little trickier. My legs were getting tired and the road was wet (and slippery), but I was able to dig deep for the finish.

My time was not my best but I was happy with my ability to jog the entire time. Hopefully, I can build from here and find a faster pace 🙂

Have you run a hilly course?

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Hog Jog – Finding my pace

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Summer is a time when I focus on the kids and teaching. My own workouts fall to the side. I haven’t been running with the same intensity, but I have continued moving with friends at the track. Each week, we log about 10 miles of walking and jogging.

When my husband suggested running a 5K in August, I was a little wary; but decided to go for it. These events have been great for us personally and as a couple. It was early on a Sunday and the course was pretty – so we signed up!

Sunday morning, we laced up our sneakers and headed off to the Hog Jog. It was a smaller crowd than the other races and there were no familiar faces. The race began and ended at a beautiful beach and the weather couldn’t be better for an August race.

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I didn’t know what to expect from myself, having not run continuously and set a goal of 35 minutes. I felt an 11 minute mile was a reasonable expectation. For the first time, I felt I set the right pace. I often get caught in the beginning frenzy and run too fast. This time, I set my pace and held it.

Being at the track has really made a difference in my pacing. I have to set the pace instead of the treadmill setting it. I knew what it felt like and I could find my stride. I held my own and didn’t worry about the people around me.

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As I was going along, enjoying the scenery and feeling pretty good about my pace; I realized there weren’t too many people around me. Then, I looked behind me and didn’t see anyone. Was I in last place? I don’t know, but what could I do? Keep going. I didn’t have a secret super speed. All I could do was give it my best.

Keeping my pace, I came upon a small group of people and we finished close together(at 34:41). There were others further back, but they finished. It was an odd feeling thinking I was last. I have become ok with not winning and working on my personal goals, but thinking I was last was a real eye opener. I had to make the decision I was ok with it. This is new for me.

Running has given me far more mental strength than physical strength. Each time there is a new challenge and so far, I have met these challenges to the best of my ability. I continue to go along and try to be ok with my place in the pack. We are looking into a race over Labor Day weekend. Hopefully, I will be comfortable in my pace and maybe even shave a little time off my finish.

How do you feel stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new?

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