Thursday, December 2, 2010

First post-Kona race

Yes this is pirated picture of me in my first race since Kona. I ran in Charlotte's 8K turkey trot Thanksgiving morning after a pretty good swim workout. My swim buddy, Famous Amos, talked me into it. He turned 30 the day before and was looking for a new challenge. He had never run in a road race before even though he is an awesome athlete. I think he had so much fun that we are going to do the Thunder road 5K in a couple of weeks as well. Running? Game on!

I surprised myself with a pretty good run, a sprint finish to take down pinkie in the picture (we had been going back and forth the entire race), and a 3rd place podium slot. Nevermind that I got spanked by girl 1 and 2 by two minutes . . . cheers for the small victories! How can two minutes go by and not a single girl in my age group beat me? Maybe pinkie was in my age group. I didn't bother to check. I had no expectations for this race, in fact I was going back and forth trying to decide if I was going to give it a good faith effort or run it with Famous Amos. Call me Scottish but I decided the only way to get my $28's worth was to run it, at least try to be competitive. It made for a fun morning. I ran into some of my other tri buddies. Text -my tri buddy that I only really text to- was not happy with his run. He winded up walking 10 secs during the run. He said he has never stopped before and could not for the life of him figure out why he felt compelled to stop now. Text just got off a long tri season ending with a place on the USA team competing in long distance Nationals in Las Vegas next year. Call me Crazy Pete but I think that speaks for itself. One thing I am realizing is you have to give your body and mind a break. You have to. I know you don't want to lose the fitness you gained, I know you don't want to pack on the pounds, I know you don't want that injury to get in the way of runner you are but training is a series of steps. As long as you don't jump of the staircase completely your fitness is always going to be a little better than it once was. Taking a break just to maintain is not only healthy, it is sane.