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Off to the Races

A thousand apologies.  2010's gotten off to a rocky start and certain goings-on have kept me from blogging, so let's catch up.

On January 9, 2010 I ran my first real race - 5 miles in Central Park. 

The night before the race, I was perhaps a tad overeager.  I had pasta for dinner and drank lots of water.  I laid out my outfit (black and blue compression tights, new super-thin sports bra, blue compression turtleneck, black zipup jacket, blue running hat, pink earwarmer, running gloves.)  I set aside safety-pins to attach my number.  I re-read the instructions for attaching my dtag to my shoe and went to bed early.  I should have been all set.

Of course, things didn't go quite as I had planned.  I totally overslept.  When I woke up, I realized I'd left my iPod headphones at work.  In my haste, I put one contact lens in inside out and didn't quite figure that out till we were running.  (That hurt.)  Also, I hadn't really considered the logistics.  If you recall, it was seriously freezing that morning.  I run outside all the time, but hadn't really factored in (1) getting to the park and (2) waiting for the race to start.  I solved the first problem by hopping in a cab, and the second by, well, hopping.

As I bounced about and blew on my hands, I marveled at the spectators and well-wishers.  Sure, they were bundled up, but still.  They were just standing there.  I remembered a similar morning years prior when I had come to the park with a friend to cheer on her boyfriend in a race.  At the time, neither of us were runners.  I remembered how foreign the whole running thing seemed.  That was a long time ago.  My friend married her boyfriend and they now have a one year old daughter, and, actually, watching that race inspired my friend to start running.  It took me a little longer to get started, but there I was.

My hypothermic trip down memory lane came to an end, and just as I was wondering how long it really would take for my fingers to freeze off, and if I could hold my friend's husband liable if they did, we started. 

It was fun running with so many people.  I passed them, they passed me.  I eavesdropped on their conversations.  Thank heaven for other people's relationship issues - I didn't miss my iPod at all.  As we ran, I noticed that people around me were breathing really hard, and I paced myself just to be safe.  I didn't "race" until I could see the finish line at the very end.  I leaped across the finish line.

As I exited the park, I declined the free bagel.  I figured that a 5 mile run entitled me to a toasted everything bagel with creamcheese, and I had no problem waiting till I got home to partake.

As it turns out, I finished in 48:13 (9:38/mi).  Not too shabby.  I've got another race coming up on February 7, and I'm hoping to beat that.  I'll keep you posted.

-Gym Belle-


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Reader Comments (2)

Yea! Congrats on your first real race :) If I recall that was a pretty cold day for a run ... brrr. Gluck on race 2!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGymBelle_Fan

I may have been inspired sooner, but I also seem to have given up sooner :( Who knows...maybe one day we'll run sub-10-minute-miles in the cold together! Oh, and yes, you could have totally held the hubby responsible if your fingers fell off ;)

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

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