It's that time again! "Runners Tell All" is a monthly link-up for runners of all ages, skill levels and experience. It's hosted by Sunshine to the Square Inch, The Lady Okie and SURPRIIIIISE! this month is also be co-hosted and sponsored by meeeeeee! Each month, we chat about a particular running topic for a chance to reflect on our own running, expand our friends in the blogging community and to win PRIIIIIIIZES!
|DISCLAIMER: Sorry, y'all. Oprah jumped the gun and got carried away. Buuuut one of you could win a prize, though!|
My worst race experience would have to be my first one. My friend Tara and I signed up for the Niagara Falls International Marathon's 5K race and to train for it, we started doing Couch to 5K. At the time that we started, we were NOT runners. Like, at all. But it seemed easy enough since the first week called for 60 second run intervals. I mean, who can't even run for 60 seconds?CONFESSION: Ummm. Me.I totally had to bail on the last interval in order to save my life. It was bad. From the looks of it, I was NOT going to make it through the program. Soooo, cheater that I am, I started doing the rest of the program indoors on a treadmill. My ego got totally boosted because I was breezing through the scheduled runs. I was like, "OBVIOUSLY I was meant to be a runner. I'm like...a natural."Sooo, fast-forward to the end of the program and I "finished" it in August. Did not run again until the actual day of the race which was at the end of October.I swear the asphalt came alive and kicked my butt. First of all, I hadn't run in two months and the only running I'd ever done was on a treadmill - a moving belt that simulated NOTHING about what it was like to run outside. I was DYING. I remember crossing the finish line and someone throwing one of those silvery, foil blankets on me and some volunteer EMT actually coming up to me and watching me and then asking if I was okay. I wheezed an "uh-huh" because I was pretty much incoherent and trying to walk by him and all the black spots dancing around him.And, CONFESSION: I walked most of that 5K.So, yeah. That would fall under both worst training and race experience. Because I knew I was cheating by running on the treadmill and not EVER running outside and then going ahead and disappearing off the face of running earth for two months before the race. #facepalmLesson learned. I hated how I felt like I was almost dying, I hated my finish line pictures and I hated my time so I resolved that none of that would happen again! It took a while, but I got back into running again and OUTSIDE and I haven't looked back since! I can now run a full 5K outside and since I picked up running again post-pregnancy, I haven't gone more than a day or two without lacing up and going for a run! In the hopes of getting a PR or two this year, I also picked up a running coach who is working with me on getting a faster 5K time and he'll also be helping me train for my first half-marathon in February! Lesson = LEARNED!
I'm kind of sad that I'm sponsoring this month because I totally want to win it instead. Are you serious? Paranoid, Criminal Minds-watching, cray-cray me LOVES me some RoadID! I haven't pulled the trigger on getting one just yet, but I even designed the one I want and posted it on Facebook a few months ago:
So what're you waiting for!? Run, don't walk your fingers over to the rafflecopter and get you some entries!
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