Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Post Race Take Home Points

I left for Arizona, not even thinking I was going to run a race.  The excitement of being in a place with thousands of runners motivated me to participate in a race that I was not adequately trained for.  And I had an absolutely fabulous time.  I would say it was the most fun race I have ever had.  It wasn't the best time-wise, but it was the best time I have had - if you know what I mean.   I am sore like I have never been after a race, but I am sure that is due to the fact that I wasn't properly trained.  

Meeting Lisa and her pals was so much fun!  Being with a group was an entirely different experience than going off to a race alone.  I realized that I really need to make my training and racing more of a social event.  I think it is highly motivational.  I didn't freak out prior to the race the way I normally do and I am sure that was due to the fact that I had other peeps around.  I also didn't cry as I crossed the finish line that way I normally do - and that was probably because I was focused on finding my group.  
I started that race thinking it was my last long-distance event.  But now, of course, I am thinking about my next one.  Silly me.  But I just enjoyed it so much!

I have two sprint tris to do this summer.  I am going to start training for them.  It will be great to get in the pool and on the bike.  I have talked a friend from work into doing one of the tris with me.  She has talked others into it, so I will have a group for the Tri for the Cure.  

Maybe I can do the Boulder Back Roads half marathon in September?  I wanted to do it so bad last year, but I wasn't trained.  It just sounds like the best race.

I am motivated again.  I just have to get my feet recovered.  I got some serious blisters!  I did drain them.  It was fascinatingly gross.  I described it today to an RN and even she thought it was gross.  

I wanted to write a lot more about the experience of the race, but it is now 7 p.m., and I HAVE to watch American Idol!


J~Mom said...

I am so happy that the race was a positive experience for you!! It was a really nice weekend and so nice to meet you!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Yay for having a positive experience!!

Wes said...

I am glad you have your priorities. Unexpected gifts are often the best!! That's why we keep doing this!! There's always hope :-)

Lily on the Road said...


It was one of my slowest, yet one of the most fun races EVER!!!

Glad you had a great time!

The Running Knitter said...

Yay for having fun and great races!

Jess said...

Glad to hear it was such a fun experience and that it has helped re-charge your motivation for future races!

Shaun said...

Great job. I would have a hard time completing this race @ 30yo.

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