March 14, 2009

I did it!!!

Here's the deal from this morning. I got up and ran the 19. It rained for some of the run, putting me a not-so-good mood. I kept the pace easy (7:54 average) and ended about 20 minutes before the race. I was very pleased with our map-dot town this morning. They had a decent turn out, more than I expected. A few high school speedy runners were there, removing my chances of an overall win. Beforehand, Coach told me to aim for GMP (6:52) and he would be pleased if I hit it. My legs were feeling pretty dead already, so I had my doubts. Plus, the course ran on the ONLY hill in the town. Poor planning, but whatever. That's what happens when non-runners plan running events.

We took off down hill for the first mile and I was unpleasantly surprised at the amount of lactic acid that had already placed itself in my legs. Mile 1- 6:32, not too fast for down hill. Mile 2 was uphill and the sun was showing itself royally- 6:58. I didn't freak out, I just made terms with my limits. I was right behind the number 1 girl, a sweet gal that is the best h.s. runner here. I stayed behind her and gave her some encouragement. Mile 3- still a bit of a slope, but I felt better at this point, hot & humid, but better- 6:34. I told h.s. girl to kick in past me and she did. Last 0.13- 0:47. Total time: 20:51 (6:40 average).

Afterwards, I ran back out to get Sandy (doing her first 5K) and she did awesome! I was also so, so proud that two of my former students raced this morning and they did awesome! It was a privilege to see them finish. K ran this morning, too. He wasn't pleased with his time, but the hill & humidity was not nice. He still did a great job!

I feel pretty good considering I ran about 23 miles this morning and 3 were at near HMP. My legs are tired and sore, but I should be okay soon enough. Also, I knew that people in this town thought I was nuts, but afterwards, I found that many of them had already had the discussion of how many miles I ran before the race. They were all in agreement that I HAD run before the race, but disagreed on the mileage. They weren't even surprised that I would do something so crazy as run 19 before the race. I was proud of Brewton today. Many people came out to support a great cause and tested their own fitness abilities. Everyone seemed to have a really good time, too. Maybe this will become a runners' town after all! Below are pics of Sandy, K, and I finishing the race.


  1. You are my idol. Serious congratulations for an intensely hard day of running. Cracks me up how well you can run a 5K after a measly 19 miles. Looking forward to the pics.

  2. Oh c'mon!!! Just at HMP?? You are such a woose!! LOL. When I grow up, I wanna be just like you!!!

  3. YOU DID IT!!!! Congratulations, Runner Girl. You're an inspiration to us mere mortals.

  4. Hey R!

    First of all, congrats on your recent win on the 10k! You are looking great, amazing to be able to run 19 miles AND go do a 5k race! I would be totally spent if I did that! It's also nice to see that you look out for others but just remember when it comes to the BIG day, look out for yourself--;)

    Keep up the great work, you have to be proud of your hubby as well, he is looking strong!

  5. I KNEW you would do it!!! Way to go, R. You're awesome!!