Saturday, October 3, 2009

15 years later, it's still fun.

I ran my first race in 15 years today. The Susan Komen 5k was today in Houston, and I signed up for the competitive rune.

I ran it in 21:39 (unofficially - that's per my Garmin), which is a time I am quite proud of.

The biggest deal, though, is what I learned (remembered, actually) about racing.

I forgot about the adrenaline rush you get when you start.

I forgot about the crowding you get at the start. I spent the first mile weaving in and out of people.

I forgot about that last mile, when you have to really push and fight through pain and fatigue.

I forgot about how good it feels to be done, and how great you feel afterwards.

The 5k is a much different race than a marathon, of course, but I got some great experience in race day mechanics. This 5k was about 30,000 people (even though only about 2,000-3,000 competitive runners), which is about the same size as the marathon will be. That will help me control pre-race jitters (I had plenty today and last night).

1 comment:

  1. You should have told your John Travolta story. If you get me a camera, I'll come to the races and photo document your exciting racing life.