The Marathon Virgin on Runner’s World gives his race report.
WIN SOME, LOSE SOME
I passed a guy wearing a Superman suit. I was passed by a guy juggling apples.
BEST POST-RACE MOMENT
At night, so many were walking the streets of NYC with their medals. I reluctantly wore mine to dinner (prime rib, mashed potatoes); a part of me felt like I hadn’t earned it like so many others had. After I struggled to the dinner table, I looked over and made eye contact with a man who was sitting with his wife (I presume). He nodded, winked, and gave me a thumbs-up. For just a moment, I felt like the other 44,000-some finishers. Nobody knew my time, nobody knew my history, nobody knew that the girl wearing a medal at the next table probably could have raced back to the Verrazano in the time it took me to finish the race. Nobody knew. In the eyes of the in-person crowds, we were equals. We finished.
Ran 4 laps around our village yesterday. Each lap around our village is 1.1 km so I did a total of 4.4 km. I’m starting to find it useful to take note of my splits so I’d have a better feel of my pace next time I run. My splits:
1st lap - 7:13 mpk pace
2nd lap - 6:45 mpk pace
3rd lap - 6:49 mpk pace
4th lap - 7:13 mpk pace
On another note, would any of you know if Soleus running watches are any good?
I ran my second 10K race this morning. Yes, only two weeks after my first one. I don’t know if it was wise of me to do that, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity of running in La Mesa Ecopark.
Just a little bit of information about La Mesa Ecopark, which I got from their website: La Mesa Watershed is 2700 hectares, 700 hectares of which is the reservoir and 2000 hectares of which is the surrounding forest…. La Mesa Ecopark is a venue providing for healthful outdoor recreation and a true forest experience. It is a living classroom and laboratory for environmental education and aims to be a center for biodiversity conservation. Nice, right?
Pre-Race. A fitness instructor led a short, fun warm-up and stretching routine, by the end of which I was already sweaty!
The Race. I bumped into my sister’s friend, who was also going to run 10K. We ran together the whole way. Not always side by side - sometimes she would lead a few meters, sometimes I’d lead a few. I have to admit that pacing with someone helped a lot. There were only a handful of 10K runners - probably 50 or less. My greatest fear was coming in last because most of the 10K runners were really fast! Whenever I felt like walking, I’d tell myself - "No what if’s!" I don’t want to reach the finish line and wonder what my time would’ve been had I not walked. Also, it helped to remember what one blogger always writes on her forearm every race: HTFU (which of course means “hurry the eff up”). It’s these little things that help you run well and beat the negative thoughts swimming inside your head.
Hydration. Water was definitely not a problem in this race, as hydration stations were overflowing with water. The people handing out cups even wore plastic gloves to make sure that your water is clean!
The Route. Lots of hills here. I tried to maintain a constant pace with shorter strides. When it got really tough, I would swing my arms exaggeratedly, which helped a lot. There were not a lot of marshals along the route, only at certain points. If you wanted to, you could very easily cheat, but one thing they did to lessen the likelihood of people cheating was to give out baller bands at turnaround points. The cement roads were unforgiving though.
This race was very different from previous ones I’ve joined. It was more of an intimate gathering of people who are just out to have fun.
I think this article presents quite a balanced view of minimalist/barefoot running. I don’t know if I’d ever dare to try running unshod, but I would definitely give VFFs a try. In fact, VFF Sprint is going on my Christmas wishlist. :)
I know a few people who still think that cushioning shoes are still the best. Care to share your thoughts about minimalist running?
I missed my long run last Sunday because of an unexpected minor family-related matter so I resolved to do it yesterday, on All Saints’ Day.
It had been raining since early afternoon and I was sooo tempted to skip (my bed was calling me!) but I went through the motions of dressing up, getting all my stuff ready, and before I knew it I was driving out to UP.
It was drizzling when I started but I got encouraged when I saw other people running around the campus. The rain started pouring when I was halfway through, and now I know why some people LOVE running in the rain — it’s so liberating! I remembered my childhood when my sisters and I would run and dance outside whenever it rained really hard. At one point I couldn’t feel my legs and it was like I was running on air. It was just the road and me. It was a little bit scary, like being high on drugs (seriously, I thought I was going to pass out).
Anyway, I did 4 laps around the oval (1 lap is 2.2 km). My splits:
“The shape of your body obeys the shape of your beliefs about love, value, and possibility. To change your body, you must first understand that which is shaping it. Not fight it. Not force it. Not deprive it. Not shame it. Not do anything but accept and understand it. Because if you force and deprive and shame yourself into being thin, you end up a deprived, shamed, fearful person who will also be thin for ten minutes.”—Geneen Roth (via burlytobodacious)