Tales from 9 Runs: Run 6: The One That Didn't Get Away
|Road map for the race|
Overall, it's been a long weekend and it's only Saturday evening. Someone dear to me had a serious surgical procedure on Friday so that took up much of my time and attention the last few days. I spent much of Friday hanging out at the hospital. My mind in many ways wasn't in the race.
|Before the race|
I got there, got my goodie bag and then proceeded to prepare. I'm coming to hone into my own routine which is a mixture of pacing, peeing, and stretching. The pacing helps me focus on my body, my movement, and the race ahead. I'll pace in some pattern for upwards of one to one and a half miles. The stretching loosens up the body parts I identify as needing attention as I pace. The peeing; I think is a mixture of hydrating, nerves, and anxiety about being on the race and having to need to urinate (and having it mess up my time). I'm a chronic urinator...ask anyone who hangs out with me for long periods of time.
|After the race|
The highlight of the race were to the two barefoot runners I saw at the race. There were no other runners with Vibram 5-Fingers, but two guys did the race entirely barefoot (and yes, they totally beat me by at least a minute or more). Mostly, it was interesting to study their bodies as they ran and think about how my body should or shouldn't be operating given the footwear.
|Growing number collection|
Well, the countdown begins. Three weeks from the day this blog is posted, I will be running the 25K Around the Cape. I think I'm on target to be prepared for it, but I don't think I will be making any personal records that day (besides finishing it--hahaha). I'm definitely nervous about it. I think I'll be able to do it, but I want to be able to do it in a manner that doesn't entail me feeling exhausted for the next week or potentially hurting myself accidentally.
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