I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. It’s still frustrating to me. People ask how running is going and the only thing I can think is that I’m fat and slow. I’ve only been running for 4 weeks though. After a long hiatus! I know that, but I’m annoyed that my body isn’t letting me do what I want. For the effort I put forth, it feels like I should be going faster. My “easy” run is still “easily” 1:00-1:30 min/mile slower. I gained a couple of pounds back after my initial weight loss and am still about 10 pounds heavier than where I would like to be, so naturally I feel more sluggish. If I can drop 5 in the next few weeks that would make me oh so happy!
As for Ironman, I told Jess (my lovely training partner and frequently blog-featured friend) that I’m just going to have to see how training goes and show up on race day with no expectations (even of finishing, maybe). I can’t beat myself up over needing (or wanting) to stay at home some days instead of being gone for hours on a bike ride, for instance. It’s just not a priority at this point. Well, that’s a lie. It is still a priority, I just have a much bigger priority at home I want to go easy, I don’t want any setbacks, and I just want to have fun. Two years ago, I was all in for Ironman. I was 100% into it. My head’s just not 100% in the game right now, and I want it to be fun and we’ll just see what happens. I am not going out there to break any records (although I think I can still easily beat my IM PR, haha). And if it comes down to it, if worse comes to worst I will have a long aqua bike that day.
As for The Woodlands, I might need to drop down to the half. I am nowhere near my marathon pace, the most I have run is 10 miles, and it’s in a month. I can finish a full, but who wants to be that miserable? One of my coworkers is trying to convince me to just pace him, which I might do instead of trying to push myself at a faster pace. But 26.2 is no joke no matter what pace you are running!! We will have to see how it goes. I have until 2/15 to drop to the half.
The first race I have is the Hot Chocolate 15K in Dallas next weekend (Rachie and I are going up to run and visit the grandparents!). My A goal for the race is to go under 1:30, which is a 9:40 pace. Which is over a minute per mile slower than my last half marathon pace. But that’s neither here nor there. My B goal is sub 1:35, a 10:11 pace. And my C goal would be sub 1:40, which is a 10:43 pace and easily attainable since that is what I did on my 10 mile easy run. I have to be careful not to go out of the gate too fast and truly pace myself and take walking breaks when I need to. I’m so competitive (mostly with myself) and races really make me want to RACE. We will see how it goes. Either way I am looking forward to the trip and the event. First race as a mom, weird. So weird.
I don’t remember my first RACE, with a bib, probably a 5K in college. What was your first race?