|Ready to GO!!|
I was so happy to get the OK from my trainer to start running again. I felt strong and ready to get back in the game. She warned me to start slow, I was NOT going for a new PR - that's for sure.
There were a few factors I encountered in this run:
Besides not been running for almost four months, I had to test and put into play new techniques shown to me by my trainer, and this was my first race in a summer month - all of my other 5K's had been in the winter months. So I wasn't sure how my body was going to react to the warm weather.
Regardless, I was ready to give it a shot. I chose a route that I was familiar with - Riverside Park. On August 21, 2013, I did the last run of the NYCRUNS Riverside Park Summer 5K Series.
I started slow and strong, but at the start of mile 3 I started struggling a bit which caused me to slow down on a steady pace. I finished strong, but my time really showed my struggle. I finished with a time of 35:11. The worse time yet-- placing me 193 out 222 runners, and 4th place in my age group.
I have learned not to be hard on myself. I know that I will get back my speed, and that I will improve as time goes by. I'm just happy that I'm back and God willing it is full steam ahead from now on.
I have not lost sight of my goal which is running my first half marathon. So I won't make it for this October as I had planned I would, but I will try my hardest to make it for October 2014. I'm back!!
|I'm a Finisher|