This morning I ran the Barrie Hirst Memorial 5K with Sam. It was fairly cold out, but not awful.After I ran the Brenda LaDun 8K I asked Sam if he would run a race with me to see if it would make me run faster. He agreed. It worked because this was my fastest time so far. My final time was 41:11 with splits of 11:27, 14:27, 13:23. The first mile was my fastest so far. The over all time is right around 14 minutes faster than my first races back in October. That feels pretty good.
I took a few things away from this race. I shouldn’t change my breakfast pattern before a race. I ate a little more than usual this morning and I ate a little later. I felt that on the second and third mile. I also need to get to a point where I just keep running when I hit the first mile mark and I don’t immediately walk. It’s hard to get going again. We were alternating running and walking the rest of the way. I also need to not feel discouraged when I slow down. This morning I kept reminding myself that I did just have outpatient surgery a little over a week ago. I know that I will continue to improve as I continue to train and lose weight.
I appreciated Sam running with me. It was also nice to have one of my doctor’s working at the finish line. They both know where I was last year at this time.
I did win some things – a prize for being the first one to register, a door prize, and second place in my age group (though there were only 2 people in my age group this morning, which I know I did not have to admit).
Running this morning reminded me again of how far I have come. It also reminded me that starting out the day with exercise makes the rest of the day better.