Last weekend I participated in a 5k to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. A- from the blog Whispering Crowns, recruited me and Michelle to
help her raise money for this organization. Of course! I love to help in any way I can! Even though I am just getting back into running after a not-so-thrilling bout with Insanity, I still rocked the 5k (with three hours sleep AND a pulled quad, no less!) in just under 31 minutes!!
This was my first run since I did race for the cure back in June 2007. That race day was gross- it was one of the hottest days on record, SUPER muggy, and I just hated the super large crowds. Last weekend was the complete opposite- It was a beautiful day and I really really enjoyed my run! I felt energized (thanks to a 6-hour energy and great breakfast) and ready to tackle it head on!
Pre-race (and non-sweaty)
Since I normally run on a treadmill watching some mindless tv show, this run I had only angry music and my random thoughts to keep me company. I thought you may find it amusing the inner-workings and rambling thoughts of someone running a 5k for the first time (in 5 years):
-Alright! Here we go!! Lets keep a steady but fast pace and see if we can really kick butt!
-Ok people, get out of the way, its too early to be acting silly.
-Wow, what an outfit. Cute you’re in the spirit, but no tye dye, thanks.
-Need new song already. Linkin Park FTW!
-Man its such a gorgeous morning. Wonder if they have any good snack foods at the end…
-Ha ha, they blocked the traffic lights. You guys will be stuck forEVER! Muah ha ha.
-I just even laughed to myself. Keep running, idiot.
Reaching the 1st mile:
-Hmm, haven’t seen any signs for mileage markers yet. Maybe they don’t have them. Its has to have been a mile already.
-Ok, this part is uphill so lets go ahead and walk a bit, have to save our energy for the last 2+ miles.
-Crap, there’s the mile 1 marker. I could’ve made that. Damnit. You slacker….no no, It’s ok, it’s ok, you needed that break. Still recovering from your quad pull…you’re doing great! Now find a good song, take a deep breath, and…..GO!
Nearing Mile 2:
-Man, there are a lot of flipping hills on this course. Who the heck chose this route? No worries, I will walk the up and run on the down. And run faster than normal on the straightaways.
-Ok, that little kid is going faster than me. You can beat him. Well, running anyway, geez don’t want to actually beat him up.
-Now I’m really sweating. Should’ve worn an headband.
-Oh wait, I have a wrist-sweat band. Duh. Use that.
-Stupid little kid, stay behind me.
-Ha ha, still stuck at the traffic light– suckers! Watch me lazily walk past you while you’re stuck.
-Hmm, wonder what shirt I should wear for the concert later. Something white in case it’s hot and I get sweaty. Which you still are, right through this shirt. Should’ve chosen the black sports bra instead of the pink one…in a white shirt.
-Random energy surge- go go go!! Yeah, you GOT THIS! I CAN RUN THE WHOLE THING! Watch out!! Wooooo!!!
Halfway through mile 3:
-Seriously, these hills suck. And nats, where did you come from? I don’t see any ponds anywhere. Bleh, I think I swallowed one. Good protein though. Wait, why are you thinking about getting your protein from a bug?? Gross.
-Must choose new song. Need something to keep me pepped. Starting to flounder. Ha ha, I don’t like flounder…I do like sushi. Mmm sushi.
-Woo Papa Roach- Last resort…whaaat. Love this song. We can totally go faster now.
-Yeah we are rockin’. Boom. Take that women-whos-been-pacing-me. And your stupid glitzy headband. It’s kind of cute…Im Jealous. Nah, I
don’t need a fancy headband. Stupid headband, its ugly.
-Oh yeah that breeze is nice, keep ’em coming.
Nearing the end:
-Man, this wasn’t too bad. I could do this again!
-Well, only if the conditions were right. It was good weather today.
-Ok, maybe we should wait until we are fully healed before considering another run.
-Oh wait, the color run in September! Yeah I can do that.
-Stupid kid, why are you passing me again??
Coming to finish line:
-YES! I can do this! Pass that woman, go go go!
-Ok wait, need a good finish song. Where are my Britney songs…
-Alright, Britney song on and now go go go!!
Crossing finish line:
-Boom! Take that three hours sleep!! Boom!
This is not me…
-Whew, ok, time for water. Wheres the water…
-Water found. Oooo and bananas!! I could use one of those…
-Hey, you have a cookie! I want a cookie! Screw paleo, I earned a damn cookie! I just ran a 5k on 3 hours sleep bitches!!
-That wasn’t too bad. I did way better than I thought I would! Yay go me!!
–Ok, now I wonder if I can get a nap in before the concert….doubtful.
And that was pretty much my entire stream of thought during the race! I know, I’m a bit crazy 🙂
That’s me- the short one in the shadows! Go team!
So there you have it! What do you think about when you’re running? Or exercising in general? Run a 5k or charity race recently? Ever heard of the color run??
Rock on lovers 🙂 I am headed to NC this weekend on a roadtrip with a couple of my girlfriends! Woo!