September 18, 2009

I Survived! And Enjoyed It!

My first 10K was a success. It was a very well-organized race put on by the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. You can see the race pictures slideshow here. I'm in slides 16, 17 and 18. In slide 16, you can get a good look at me doing my deep yogi breathing, the way I begin every run. 

It was actually a great deal of fun. I think I've turned into one of those nutty runner - a person who enjoys pushing my mind and body to the limit with the competitive sport of running. I'm still not much of a competitor, I've said it before and I'll say it again: I compete against no one but myself.  In running my first 10K I made no PR and I certainly broke no records, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. There was a gentleman who ran pretty much the entire race while juggling five red balls. And he lapped me! Gee whiz. Talk about a show off!  I guess he was my entertainment. 

Lucky for me, the Piedmont School of Massage was one of the sponsors and treated the runners to short massages after the run.  That was such a wonderful gift - it was truly priceless.  Thanks to my massage, I had no soreness and no joint stiffness. 

My final time was 1:18. I'm still a turtle, but a soon to be very fit and trim turtle.

Tomorrow I'll be running in Navy Federal's annual 5K. It should be lots of fun and I'll be in good company as there are 400 registered runners.

Week 1 of the 40 Pounds By Christmas Day, So Whatdoya Say Challenge has come and gone. I've lost one pound toward the effort. I met my weekly goal, so I'm feeling good about that.  My total weight loss is now at 51.5 pounds.  At least it was before I ate three slices of pepperoni pizza for dinner! 

Keep on runnin' yall!

Gratitude Journal
1. Life and love
2. Running and the mental clarity it brings
3. My Flowers and the joy they bring me
4. Healthy food and clean water

1 comment:

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

I think being competitive with yourself is the only way to go. No need to compare yourself to others :) Great job in your race - you are a running machine!