Hello Everyone, again I know it has been awhile but this blogging thing hasn’t gotten any easier in my normal life. I refer to my normal life as life at home in my everyday routine not in New Mexico in a hotel room by myself for three months. A lot has changed from my time there getting introduced to running to now facing my fear of returning home and slipping out of my new hobby.
But all I have to report is Success, as you already know I aced my PT Test and it didn’t stop there. I have continued running everyday with a couple guys at work and even on a off day from work here and there, I am lucky to be afforded company time to work out so I take full advantage of that.
This past Saturday I ran my first race since I’ve been home, I was nervous this being my first in over a month. It was a rainy morning but the rain had stopped and everything was damp and cool, perfect running air, I can’t say the same for the ground. The race was a Robbins Run 5K(Trail) in Danville Pa and the course was Muddy, Rocky, Rooty, Slick and even had wooden boardwalks covered in slime. I had a lot of fun, I started off too quick as usual due to the narrow trail and the inability to corral myself properly. I kept up a good pace though and was impressed with myself by the people I was able to keep up with.
I finished the race feeling good and I finally recorded my first official sub 30 5K time!!!! I crossed the line at 28:32! After I finished the Family and I had to leave right away to make it to another commitment so I didn’t get to hang around for the festivities. Later on that day I went on the Races Website to check for Results and they were already posted. As I scrolled down through the results I noticed Age Groups which I’ve never paid much mind too but it grabbed my interest and I started reading through them. This race was well organized and it seemed they had the Age Groups Broke down more than most. I got to the 26-30 Male 5K group and as my eyes trickled down the screen they stopped abruptly on my name, a bit sooner than I had imagined. I had placed 2nd in my Age Group!! It took a few moments for my brain to process what this was and what it meant, I was pretty damn excited! I finished 25th in overall males and 2nd in my Age Group. I felt like holy shit, I’m a Runner! lol Then I thought well I wonder if 2nd in Age Group gets a medal or something, so I went back to the main webpage and started reading. It stated that the first 3 in each Age Group receive trophy’s!!!! My mind went blank.
I had just been awarded my first Running Trophy! I placed, somehow, not overall just Age Group but i’ll take it. I immediately emailed the Coordinator to see if I could arrange to pick up my trophy and he responded the next day, I go this afternoon to pick up my trophy. I’m pumped! I’m going to display my trophy proudly on my desk at work! And now look forward to my next Running Award and I will be sticking around from now on after every race.
BTW I will post picture of my Trophy! and TaTa Trot 5K next month!!!!
Its been awhile since I have posted….Its been a hectic few weeks, Getting home, Vacation, and getting back to routine. I’ve continued running and the PT Test was no sweat! I ran a 12:32 with plenty of push ups and sit ups to match. I am really going to try and post more and get back to blogging, so we shall see. Looking forward to my first Pennsylvania 5K in June and a new PR.
Its been a little while since I have posted…Last week wasn’t the best running weak, as for frequency anyways, days were cold and windy but when I did run they were good. I feel I have completed my running foundation, the first tier of foundation has been layed and now it will always be there no matter what. I feel as if i’m not under so much pressure now to prove to myself that I’m a runner, before it seemed if I missed a day all my hard work would be in vain and I would fail at my attempt to become a runner. Now it is a fact. very simple. I can go a couple days without running and then hit the road and it comes right back and I feel great. Like riding a bike.
So there was this Earth Day 5K I had seen posters for on base, another free run and free t-shirt like the SARC 5K. I thought about doing it but wasn’t committed and then yesterday after my 4 mile run I went to a friends house for a barbecue and it turned into a shindig, lol, and I was there until 10 o’clock and a bit hung over this morning. And I had to get a ride back to my friends house today to pick up my car so the chances of me running the race weren’t looking good. But it turned out my friend gave me a ride to his house at lunch to get my car so my afternoon was freed up for the race. So I ran, same course as the SARC race but I think the moved the turn around back so it was closer to 5K if not dead on, not sure cause my Garmin died as I waited for the race to start.
It was a windy race but I looked forward to owning the hill at the end and I did! I finished with 30:50 which is a PR, not sure of the exact distance but I felt it was a strong race for me so I will accept that time as a PR. At the end not everyone received a shirt because there wasn’t enough but while I was waiting for them to start handing them out there was a race sign up lying on the table and I put my name on it and it turned out the people with their names on the paper got shirts first! Hell yea! So it was a good race day!
On another note, I have 6 days left in New Mexico and then its back to the lovely Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! It takes being away from home for awhile to appreciate where you put down roots! Irish Valley is paradise to me and I can’t wait to return!
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My thoughts and prayers are with the Boston Marathon Bombing victims and their families. Even as I ran today I thought of this horrible tragedy! Please pray for them!
Run.Climb.Ride. says it pretty well in her post I’m having a really hard time understanding how I feel right now.
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Finally today the new issue of RunnersWorld hit the shelf I check anyways. I was excited because a co-worker had this issue on their tablet last week but I couldn’t buy it yet and I was bummed! I feel a kind of kinship with RW because it is a PA based magazine and I would like to Run the RW Half next year!
Today Sucked! I am towards the end of my TDY so “I WANT TO GO HOME”, I am tired of this day to day boredom and I am looking forward to seeing my wife and son and taking my son to Washington DC when I get home to see the dinosaurs in the Smithsonian! So anyways today I watched the Phillies win and then layed around and took a nap.So yea it was one of those days but then I got RW and read that for awhile. I read a great article called Beyond the Mantra about the mental side of training and of course it pushed me out the door and onto the road. It was a good run, ran 1.5 miles hard walked a bit and then ran another mile hard. It wasn’t the most successful run but it was a win for me considering I didn’t plan on doing anything and felt lazy. So thanks RunnersWorld, you got me going!