I didn't have a very concrete goal for my race today--in my mind, I kind of thought it would be fun to knock 31 seconds off of my PR for my 31st birthday ;) Since I had run at 7.3 mph on the treadmill for 4 miles yesterday, I decided to try for 7.4 today.
|Ready to crush my PR ;)|
It took forever to figure out how to use their treadmills, but finally I got the incline set to 1% and the speed set to 7.4. After about a minute, I looked at my pace and decided to try for sub-8:00 miles the whole way through. That would be tough!
I bumped up the speed to 7.8 mph, and I vowed to leave it there. After about a mile, I was really feeling tired. I wanted to drop the speed so badly! But I kept going, telling myself it would be over soon. The faster I ran, the sooner it would be over. It didn't help that the TV's at the rec center are waaay too high to look at, so I started at a brick wall for the whole thing.
The last half-mile seemed to take forever, and I felt like I was going to DIE, but I somehow managed to finish. And in a SUPER fast time (for me, anyway). Are you ready for this?
My mom did great, too! She finished under 42 minutes, which is her fastest time yet. She was really pushing herself, but was proud when she was done that she stuck it out.
Just as we were getting ready to leave, Jerry showed up--a total surprise to me. He had just gotten off work, and decided to run his Virtual 5K as well. He did AWESOME, too, finishing under 26 minutes.
And of course, my sister ran today, too. I've been SO very excited for her to do this! She's been very faithful about following the Couch to 5K schedule, and this was her first time attempting to do the entire 5K. I got her text at around 5:00 this evening--"Finished!!!"
|Why do I never look that good when I get done running?|
My mom brought me home to get showered and stuff before we went to lunch. She picked me up later and we headed up to La Pita, my very favorite restaurant. I got my usual, which you've probably seen pictures of a thousand times on my blog:
I had calculated the PointsPlus yesterday, and how much of each thing I was going to eat. It was 16 PP for all the chicken, half the rice, half the salad, 2/3 of the hummus, and one pita. I didn't have any of the garlic sauce, because that stuff is about 3 PP per tablespoon. Needless to say, lunch was orgasmic.
The roads were absolutely terrible on the way home, and I started to rethink the whole comedy club idea. The comedy club is 45 minutes from home, and I was worried about the drive (because I just tend to worry about stuff like that), so I decided to cancel our reservation. Instead, our friends Joe and Amber are going to come over and play some games. We used to get together quite a bit for drinks and board games, so I'm excited for that.
Thank you all SO much for the birthday wishes! I've had so much fun reading your comments, tweets, e-mails, etc.--the birthday wishes, and especially the 5K reports. I love seeing all your pictures! I didn't think this whole thing would make me emotional, but I teared up while reading some of them, because you are all SO INSPIRATIONAL. Just reading through my Facebook page is inspiration enough for anyone to start walking or running! I hope you are all very proud of yourselves for completing a 5K today, regardless of your time.
A million thank yous to all of you who helped make my 31st birthday so special! Don't forget, if you haven't filled out the results form, read the bottom of yesterday's blog post for instructions. While I've loved looking at your pictures today, your results won't be "official" until you fill out the form. I will draw the winners of the prizes on Sunday and announce Sunday night, as well as post a list of the finishers and results.