19 April 2011

Lessons Learned -- 5k Style

  1. If it is raining, bring dry clothes.
  2. Bring your own safety pins cos they will run out
  3. Setting a goal against yourself is better than measuring against someone else
  4. It is a rush of emotions as you cross a finish line
  5. The morale support of complete strangers is amazing
  6. Park near the finish line, not the starting point

As I ran, I kept thinking, this is amazing. And, there's a post in here somewhere.

My goals were A) run the whole time, and B) finish in forty minutes or less.

I had to walk three times and finished in 32 minutes and 14 seconds. I was a bit upset at the walking to be honest. So much so that I lead with that in every recounting of the race that I gave. Finally, my husband says, "Who cares if you had to walk. You ran it in 8 minutes less than you thought you would."

He's right. I was focused on the wrong piece. To date, that is my fast pace yet. I normally run somewhere between 12:30 and 11:30. Being with other like minded folks shaved some minutes off my mile.

New Lessons to Follow:
  1. Align yourself with people who support your writing
  2. Measure against yourself, not others


Bethany K. Warner said...

Congrats on your race! That's awesome.

Stacie Penney said...

Thanks! It was such an amazing feeling crossing the finish line. I cannot even begin to describe it.