Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Did I catch a fiver in there?

It's official! I run an 11-minute mile. Which I thought was pretty good until I saw real racers times online today. . .

Oh well.

5 miles in 55:40 (plus 3 mins of walking) at 77 degrees and 21% humidity.

For the record, it was Not easy. My body wanted to quit. Badly. Then this thought came to me: "OF COURSE your body's going to want to quit! It's YOUR job to make it keep going!"

Hmmmm. Still pondering that one. But it must be true, because later in the day I found this quote:

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."

- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

I also made a list of "Notes to Self: How to Prepare for the Big Race Day" which goes like this:
~memorize the body/mind quote or some smaller version thereof
~take some Zyrtec so you're not so snotty and spitty on race day
~new socks? probably
~new shoes? hmmmmm. maybe
~look up tips about what to eat, how to warm up, how not to throw up/poop or pee my pants/trip and fall/die

I looked up some tips today and liked these ones:

Get plenty of sleep, water, and pasta the week leading up to the race.

Don't worry about time, especially if it's your first race.

Eat/swallow an energy replacement gel at the starting line.
And eat/swallow one every 20-30 minutes, especially during the first hour of your race. (I'll try GU and CarbBOOM this weekend.)

Let the terrain dictate your pace.

Let your mind lead the way, not your body.

Run the mile you're in. Don’t think about how far you have to go or how far you’ve come.

Pray for the race, the runners, the volunteers and the medical teams. (and I'll also be PRAYING I won’t see anyone throwing up! That’ll totally ruin race day for me!

Get a massage after your race.

If it seems like I'm excited, I am. But more than that, I'm really going on blind faith here. I'm scared out of my mind. . .

1 comment:

Jen said...

interesting tips. I think i would throw up doing the whole gu thing every 20-30 minutes. but i like the run the mile you are in one. that is good. i would say don't do new shoes we are only 2.5 weeks away. it might not be enough time to get them broken in. as far as socks go, i got some of those "moisture wicking" socks that pull the moisture away. and i love them! anyway good job on your 5!