Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's still a "V" for Victory

I'm decompressing from the weekend.

The huge weekend.

The weekend I thought would never come to fruition.

My first thoughts after awe that it actually happened...

...have been met with criticism.

Not from others, from myself.

I had two goals going into Saturday:

1) FINISH the race in under an hour.
                                           -did that
2)  NOT be the last person over the finish line.
                                            -did that

Why under an hour?  That seems like a LONG time, right?

Well, most fat-to-fit bloggers I read that run their first 5k race have completed it in anywhere from 52-58 minutes.  Their first-run weights were anywhere from 80 more than me to 30 pounds less.  So, I thought "If I can match their starting run times, then I know I'm in good company for going forward."

I started training.  By the week before the race, I was running about 2 miles (give or take depending on the day) and then walking the rest.  I didn't have an expectation of actually running the whole course, but I did expect to run more than I actually did.  I didn't expect to hit a mental wall at mile 2.5.  I didn't expect my feet to hurt so darn much.  I didn't expect to be so thirsty.  And I didn't expect that my adrenal function would have been ground down to a nub the week before the race (or that I would run out of thyroid meds the week before either).  I didn't plan on my anxiety issues to come back and rear their ugly heads.  I didn't plan on any of that.

But I still finished....in well under an hour....and certainly not last.

So, in spite of unexpected things, I still met my goals.

It's still a victory.

And now I have (one teeny tiny) experience card to play in my head as well.


Instead of all the "I should have's" or "I could have's", I'm going to celebrate the Victory I made on Saturday.  I finished in under an hour, and I wasn't last.

Now I know what to expect on race day and the week leading up to it.

I know how much its going to hurt, and I lived....so I can do it again.

And now I know to set my sights on a goal....and I know I can achieve it.

So, I'm tweeking my goal.

I'm tweeking my training.

And my next run is in September.


Big Fat Gini said...

Congratulations! That's an amazing feat Sandy!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

You go girl. I am so proud of you!!!

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Anonymous said...

Super awesome, friend! It's always good to know what you can do and expect what will give you pause - that's learning and it's GREAT!

The Incredible Shrinking Woman said...

I SOOOOOOO want to run with you!

Anonymous said...

You rock! This morning I hit a massive wall in my run and thought of you - and kept going. Thank you!