I honestly don’t know why I do some of the things I do. For instance, why would I sign up for a 5k in November when I haven’t run since September? I am guessing it’s because I get restless at my desk and signing up for something makes me feel better. I was asking myself “why?!” on Saturday when I woke up bright and early for the Clause Cause 5k in Indian Battle park in Lethbridge. My workout buddy Catherine and I were groaning the whole way there especially when we had to park far away from the start line and walk in the snow patches to get there. But sign up for this we did and we were going to follow through.
When the gun went off and I started my slow jog I was surprised that I didn’t feel winded right away. I guess even though I haven’t ran doing HIIT and Zumba have helped me build somewhat of a cardio base. But when I passed that 1 km mark I thought “Really? That was only a km?!?” But I decided I would not stop to walk until I passed the 2 km mark. That was my challenge to myself. That was a lot harder than I thought because that second km felt so far!!
But I only stopped to walk twice between km 2 and 3 so I was feeling pretty good about myself. I knew I was going slow but I was going steady. Around the 4km mark I started to have sharp pain in my right knee which I have never had before so that made me stop and walk longer than I would have liked.
In the end, I came in at 36:11 which I know is slow, but I am VERY satisfied because my PR is 28 minutes and I set that in high school cross country when I trained every day and was 16 and in great shape. 36:11 with no training at my poor fitness level is an accomplishment and I’m very happy.
One thing that really sucked? My tights kept sagging! I had this great idea to buy running tights but not actually wear them until the day of the race. Big mistake! I was constantly pulling up the pants as they would slip down and the crouch would be down at my thighs.
So my advice, never race in any gear you haven’t worked out in before.