You never forget your firsts, and this first was certainly unforgettable. I had signed up for the Nature Valley 5K with a friend, who then told me a few weeks ago that she’ll be unable to run because of a knee injury. I asked my niece to go with me, and together with my son, we left the house for Fort Bonifacio at 4:45 am this morning.
I was a little worried that there would be heavy traffic, since I’d heard that there were 11,000+ registrants, but we got there just in time. I headed to the starting line feeling a bit alone. Everyone seemed to be with a group of friends. I didn’t even have time for a proper warm-up, and it was impossible to do that in a sea of runners.
When I heard the race marshals calling for the 5K runners to move forward to the starting line, I started wishing that I had taken the time to go to the comfort room. My hands started getting clammy despite the hot and humid weather, and I could feel the crowd’s excitement.
Finally, the big screen started the 30-second countdown to the gun start. The moment it hit 1 is clearly etched in my mind. Though it took about a minute for me to reach the starting line, I could already feel my heart pounding. All I wanted to focus on was 1) finishing, and 2) running without walking.
With more than 5,000 5K runners, it was a bit frustrating to slip through those who were walking (not that I’m a fast runner - not at all). I didn’t want to lose my stride, and I knew that if I started walking, I wouldn’t be able to run again - I’d get too lazy. So I tried to take advantage of the downhill area, and plowed through the uphill area. Finally, we were nearing the finish line and I heard the marshals directing the 5K runners to the last kilometer route. The only thing that kept me going was the thought of finishing and couldn’t manage a sprint to the finish line anymore.
Anyway, I just got the race results:
Finish time - 00:39:20
Chip time - 00:37:58
2.5K split - 00:18:36
So today, I accomplished 2 of my goals: to run 5 km without walking, and to run 30 minutes without walking.
I’m quite happy but I’ll work on a negative split next time (yes, there definitely will be a next time!).
This is it. My last run before the race. I need to have faith that all those weeks of running will pay off and carry me through on Sunday.
I ran the 3 km I did the other day, and again I ran 22 minutes without walking! I wonder if it’s a good idea to try to run the whole 5K or have a couple of walk breaks?
I’m so thankful for my Daily Mile friends. I’ve never met any of them but they provide great motivation and all their comments are positive. They are also an inspiration and I always wish that I could run as well as them. I think I spend more time on DM now compared to FB!
p.s. Thanks billhinton for the encouraging words! :)
“Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T’. But you don’t listen, you just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can’, and you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.”—Author Unknown (via julie911) (via kitchenart) (via runnyknows) (via fitnfun) (via couchpotato2010)
“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.”—Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ
I almost didn’t run this morning. I had a lot of excuses - it’s too humid, I lack sleep, etc… there’s always an excuse. But at some point I just decided to jump up and get dressed. That always works, and I’m glad I did it. I’ve never regretted any run anyway.
I had planned to do 2 x 15:1s today, but when it was time to walk, I slowed down to a jog instead. In the end, I was able to run 3.74 km for 26 minutes straight. I never thought I’d see this day… so you’ll understand why I’m so ecstatic. :))
It was humid this morning - I’d only just warmed up and I was already sweating. One of the high points of my run today was when I passed a fellow runner and we exchanged smiles. He was probably doing a long run and he definitely looked like a seasoned runner (he had a hydration belt on and was wearing a race singlet). The other high point was when I exchanged pleasantries with an old man who I see every time I run. I think he used to be a runner because I saw him wearing a 10K finisher’s singlet once.
I decided to run laps around the village today instead of going outside and running along the main street. Maybe it was the virtually non-existent traffic, or the cleaner air, or the lower noise level, but I did better today compared to last Tuesday. I was able to do 2 complete 12:1s. Yayyyy! I again forced myself not to look at my watch every so often, and instead waited to hear the beeps signaling the end of an interval. When I mapped my route, I found out I ran 4.72 km in 36 minutes. So my goal for my first 5K is to finish sub 40.
However, I notice that even though I can still breathe pretty easily towards the end of a run, it’s my legs that feel heavy and tired. Maybe they need to be strengthened? I keep telling myself that I will cross train but I never do. :/
In any case, today I learned: it IS possible to keep going even when you think you’ve had enough. I must remember this.
After 4 days of no running, I went out again this morning. My legs felt heavy but I kept at it. I continued trying to do 12:1s - trying is the operative word. The first 12 minutes is fine, but I haven’t been able to run the second 12 minutes in full. I always cave and walk some minutes. There’s a barrier that I need to break through. So frustrating! It makes me wonder if I’ll ever be able to run more than 5 km. Today though, I ended up running 4.5 km in 33 minutes.
My first 5K is in less than 2 weeks and just thinking about it makes me jittery!
I wasn’t able to write about my run yesterday, so here it is. :)
The weather still wasn’t very conducive to running. When I went out of the house at around 6:30 am, I estimate that the temperature was about 32 degrees (Celsius) - and very humid. I started getting tired about 5 minutes into the run but kept at it. I knew that if I stopped I’d beat myself up and end up feeling like a loser.
It never ceases to amaze me how I can keep going even after I’ve convinced myself that I can’t. So I think running is really a test of mental strength. As my DM friend said, it’s “a mind game”, and I couldn’t agree more. There’s a part of you that tries to convince you to stop, and you need to keep on fighting the urge to stop.
As in last Tuesday, I continued doing 12/1s and in the end I ran 4.54 km in 33 minutes. Not bad.
Earlier, I was talking to a student who’s preparing for his first marathon in September. He’s done a half-marathon and will do 2 more before his marathon. He said that this will be his first and only marathon because he feels that he’s sacrificing too much to prepare for it. I wonder if I will feel that way too in the very distant future, when I’m preparing for my first ever marathon.
I wasn’t able to run yesterday because of the national elections. Woke up a bit later than I had been meaning to and we got to the polling place at 9.30 am. We stood in line for about 2 hours (the heat! the humidity!) and finally we were able to cast our votes at 11.30.
So, I ran today. As in the past few days, it was very hot and humid. I tried doing 12/1s and ran 3.78 km in 27 minutes. I want to build mileage but it’s like I hit a bump right around 4 km which is difficult to overcome. Sad.
It wasn’t a good run today, probably because 1) I didn’t eat well the whole day yesterday. There was so much to do that I forgot to have dinner. :/ 2) I got less than 6 hours of sleep last night because I got home pretty late, around 11:30 pm. Although I usually get around 6 hours of sleep every night, I felt more tired than usual when I woke up this morning. 3) I was already hungry when I started running, and after about 2 minutes of running I started getting stomach cramps. Not painful enough to make me stop, but it didn’t go away so I decided to have just a quick run then head home.
The result: 2.88 km in 22 minutes. I’m not happy. But I will do better next week. May 30 is just a few weeks away! Gulp.
“now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. you have to make the mind run the body. never let the body tell the mind what to do. the body will always give up.”—george s. patton (via itstinarenee)
I’m happy with the run I had today. I moved up from doing 7/2s to doing 10/2s, and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I forced myself not to keep looking at my watch because I’d get discouraged and demotivated if I see that I’ve been running for only 5 minutes and I already feel tired. So what I did was, I prayed - for the elections next Monday, for my family, for strength so I can finish my run, for safety, for everything I could think of. And I think it worked. :)
In the end, I did 5.67 km in 36 minutes. The 5K doesn’t seem so impossible now. What I want to work on now is being able to run for 30 minutes straight… More prayers should do it, I think!