Hesitated but did it anyway!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Yep, that's what I did this morning relative to going to a 5k in the town 3 miles away or not. It was hot and humid, DH had to work so I would be going solo, I didn't want to chance feeling poorly since I am having Ava this afternoon and evening. Excuses galore!! But, I got my sense about me and moved on. LOL
When I got up it was 60 degrees with 93% humidity. The 5k started at 8:30. So what might it be by then. So by the time he left for work about 6:45 a.m. I had decided I'd go and just walk it. So at 7:00 a.m. I headed down the road to register late and drive the course. I got registered and got the t-shirt (the most important part of course) It was nice out and I had time to kill so back home I came. Like I said, 3 miles down the road. LOL
So I came home and used the bathroom and decided I'd put the gear on just in case I changed my mind about doing the intervals. With the heat and humidity being what it has been, the 30 second intervals have been good to me. So I got back about 8 or so and watched the little kids run. What fun and of course I thought of Ava and doing this with her one day.
Anyway, it was a small affair which is nice. The local shoe store who hosts many a big runs was there to help out and it was a timed race for both runners and walkers. So done nicely as well.
8:30 comes, I have no idea what the temp is but it doesn't feel bad nor did the humidity so I thought what the heck, go for it. What's the worst that happens? I walk. I need the steps. It was nice to be out and not on the treadmill this a.m.
So of course I, like most, get caught up with taking off too fast. Seems to be the norm and of course my first mile is the fastest. Today I opted NO music and to focus on my breathing. Read a good article shared by LIVE2RUN4LIFE regarding timing of the breath so that is where my mind went and I tried to stay there. Definitely thought the 3/3 (three steps on the inhale and 3 on the exhale) was a good place for me. But first I had to see what I was doing without paying attention. Anyway the first mile was the best of course as then the hills kicked in. My heart rate exceeded the top end of 175 several times on the 2nd mile so I slowed down and walked more that mile than the other 2.
Overall not bad and I learned more yet about myself and this sport. My mile splits were: 11:04/12:45/12:18 with an average of 12:06 for the 5k and a total time of 36:40. My average HR was 168.
But of course I had an issue. Some days are worse than others but today had to of been the worst experience I've had thus far. Being 51 I seem to have issues of leakage. I don't even feel it but I did go prepared but today was by far the worst. I nearly just quit but decided that I doubted anyone could tell. I had on wicking shorts which seems to hide the moisture much better than others and I didn't hang around. Fortunately I had a towel in the car to sit on. Just very weird. But I survived it and life goes on.
A good start to a new day and now I have a few things to do before spending the afternoon and evening with Ava. We'll be in the pool later and I have the cutest little bathing suit for her. She is pure joy!! Will share a photo or two later.
Hope you have a great day!