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!