What a difference a week makes!
After being disappointed April 14 in my attempt to run a sub-30 minute 5K, I took the week off from running to rest my hamstring.
I even went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center to have the Physical Therapy department look at it. Unfortunately, there was no pain while I was there, so the problem remains undiagnosed - kind of like returning a squeaky pair of shoes that won’t squeak when you get to the store! But I am glad the pain is gone.
I decided to run the Norwalk Park and Rec Earth Week 5k Saturday morning. I could not be any more pleased with my crazy decision to run in the 36 degree weather!
I accomplished my goal of breaking 30 minutes and went a step further by finishing in 28:58, obviously a new personal best for me!
I felt very good during the run. I tried to find someone that was going the same pace I was and stay with them. I found that those people were sometimes too slow and I quickly got around them.
After 1 mile of trying to find the right person, I finally found who I was looking for. I don’t know her name, but she had on a bright shirt and was running a sub-30 pace by my calculations, so I tried to stay about 10 feet behind her the rest of the race.
The final part of the race had some hills, and she pulled away as I slowed going up Elm Street. Thankfully my father-in-law Dean had already finished and came back to find me. He met me as I turned onto Woodlawn Avenue and gave me advice on finishing strong. It was just the encouragement I needed! I am glad he will be running the Warrior Dash with me June 1st!
This week was marked with both sadness and joy for me. While I am very excited to run under 30 minutes, and to fit into my “skinny” jeans like Heather and Stephanie, it was very sad to read and watch about the events at the Boston Marathon and the aftermath.
Four innocent people lost their lives this week because of the selfish acts of at least two Boston-area men. They will forever be remembered by runners and non-runners alike.
But I will also never forget the countless stories of heroism moments after the race, as both emergency personnel and spectators leaped into action to take control of the situation. Those first responders are always the ones running toward the danger, and they should be applauded for what they do.
I am glad I am becoming a runner. What a great group of people runners are! The reports of people finishing the race, a grueling 26.2 test of mental, emotional, and physical strength, and running to the hospital to give blood is incredible!
I’ll finish this week with a quote by David and Kelvin Bright: “If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to target.”