Race Day

I ran my first 5K race today (I don’t count my inflatable obstacle courses as we don’t run them) since my accident. I probably could have last summer, but I was timid and waiting for the “right” race.

One of my husband’s cousins put today’s race on Facebook a while back, and I clicked interested. Then my co-worker mentioned it, we realized that we were talking about the same race and our team was born. Fortunately, she was the captain 🙂 It is a great cause, the Sexual Assault and Crisis Center. We didn’t raise as much as we hoped, but a little more than we thought we would.

The biggest issue  was my week leading up to it: do I run? A lot? Fast and short or long lazy distances?  It had been so long since I had a pre-race week, and it’s not like I ran that many to begin with. Plus, my heavy run days tend to be Fri-Sat-Sun because of work, and I didn’t want to load up right before the race and have tired legs.

In then end I walked a lot. I did run a fast 2 miles on Friday–before I walked an hour and a quarter with a friend. Daisy got her time out with me too, and she walks quickly. Our walked mile would have been 15 minutes, except someone had to go to the bathroom, and it was really 15:30.

I am not sure if I will repeat that for my next 5K (and there will be another, soon) or not. I certainly didn’t have any problems running, and my legs felt good. But maybe some speed work outs and drills earlier in the week would have increased my time? Or maybe in the weeks leading up to it? I guess I will be playing around before each 5K to see what works. Good thing I had already planned to do three this summer!

I think I could have gone a bit faster, but I had no idea what the course was like and I didn’t want to get slammed with a hill at the end (which happened in my last race. See, I DO learn things!) They started us up a hill, and then we went down one we had to return, and this is where I love my hilly home area: I use the term “hill” loosely. Really, they were just gentle grades and I passed several people going up them (who frequently passed me going back down the hill).

Next year I will know where to kick it into gear (the team agreed that next year is a must). As it was, I didn’t start sprinting until I realized I could suddenly see the finish line. And who knew, I had enough left at the end to sprint for the finish.

I finished in 29:26, which is less than one minute slower than my last race. I was pretty pumped when I realized that my previous race was at the end of  the season, whereas this is just my beginning. I was even more excited about being 68th out of over 400 participants.

Now, not all of them ran. In fact, most of my team did not. So after finishing, I walked back to find them and walked the rest of their way with them. Nice cool down!

 

 

 

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Insane Inflatables!

Last Saturday the day dawned bright and blue, and my friends and I headed to Scarborough Downs for the Insane Inflatable 5K.

Ok, let’s get the negatives out of the way first: I had to walk, not run,  although I did try to run, it just wasn’t happening. I also managed to hurt myself coming off the first one. I made the mistake of stepping off the 2′ tall inflated mat with my right foot (which usually works going down stairs), but because of the height, my leg bent and I landed in the mud puddle on my butt. I hate wet clothes! After that one, I just sat down on the end and hopped off. And there were two I couldn’t do: one with deep holes, rather set up on the football tire run idea; and one where we leapt from ball to ball (pictures* forthcoming).

But now the positives: it was so, so much fun!! We had the best team:

So that That would be me, holding onto the bag.  I swear I am standing in a hole!
We were the Terrifying Tigers (or terrified, as the case may be)


the first climb…………

I recommend this event to anyone who has one near them. One of my teammates had a couple broken ribs, and another had not trained at all for it. And I had to be careful not to bend my knee too much.

We all had a blast!!

This race is meant for everyone (as long as they are 42″ tall). People were not in it for a “time,” no one rushed anyone else, and many people besides my gimpy team were walking. Part of our team ran, but waited at each obstacle for the rest of us to catch up.

                                                   That old lady in front of me really isn’t old….

Bouncing Ball house! What fun 🙂

The first part of the course was around the horse track, the second around a large field:


I can not begin to say how much fun the slides were! As long as you climbed up, you knew you would be having a fun ride down!

 

 

I loved this one, little tunnels leading to a climb…and then a slide!

 

 

 

 

 I think I was enjoying the slide more than Kris!

 I wasn’t worried about a thump in the face, I was more thinking how I was going to cross that expanse of inflated pad gracefully. (it wasn’t graceful, in case you were wondering)

My teammate Penny skipping across the balls I had to avoid–but I got some great pictures!

one last slide!

Then the goodies came: we all got a “participation” medal (which, yes, I am proud of!), tees, bags, and snacks!!

We wandered over and had an Army guy show us how to throw a football properly so we could hit the hole. I seem to have a hook just like my bowling, took one step to the right and it went right in. Penny got it the second try–she rocks!

We watched the last wave head out before leaving.  It was a high school ROTC, and they were definitely pumped up. Thinking they had great time too!

*the photos are mix from everybody on the team, between all of us we covered the race very well!