Monday, August 17, 2009

About "The Race"

I ran the race. Saturday, August 1st, so this is a bit overdue. Sorry, but since hardly anyone ever comments on my posts anyhow, it doesn't seem like it matters... (yes, a nice healthy dose of self-pity)

So... the day was pretty good for August in Tulsa. Rained a little right before so the air was pretty heavy-feeling, but at least it wasn't 105 degrees, which we have run in plenty of times...

It started great. Our main coach, Kim, was pacing us - and there are four of us who always tend to run together. I felt great until about 2/3 of the way through - all of a sudden I couldn't breathe. I TOTALLY thought this was psychological, and as Mindy and Abby pulled away I started getting really ticked off - they are not faster than me - was all I could think.

But, I couldn't get a darn breath. Kim stayed with me, and at one point, I even had to walk - probably 30-45 seconds. This REALLY irritated me, because I kept thinking I was psyching myself out, and what a pathetic thing, to psyche yourself out when you've been running great for the past 12 weeks, etc.

So, finally I started running again.

My original fantasy goal was to fun it in under 30. On July 4th, when we had our first practice run and I ran a 5K in 37, my goal changed to under 35...

The week before the RACE, we ran another practice at 33:12, so then my goal was SURELY to run it in under 32.

Well, I came in at 32:11. A very irritated 32:11, I might add.

When I was still struggling to get a full breath Sunday NIGHT, I decided I would make an appointment to see the Doctor. Turns out I have a respiratory infection, and was put on a decongestant, antibiotics and an inhaler... with complete blood work and a chest X-ray... reminds me, I haven't heard back on the X-ray.

At least it turns out I am not a total psychological wuss...

These are some of my new running buddies from our group. We all "earned" our jackets - wahoo! ABby and Lili are missing. Abby was on her way to Honolulu at the time, and Lili had hustled herself off to work - she's a nurse.

Why do I look orange? I do NOT go to a tanning booth, and rarely even step out in the sun these days... seriously.


  1. I think thats great!!!!Your amazing I wouldn't have been able to do that in 32 hours!!And being sick to boot!All I can say is WOW!!!!

  2. people who choose to run inspire me....not to run. :0) i want my joints in perfect working order when i hit my 60's. someone will have to push those of you who choose to wear yours out, around in your wheelchairs! HA.

    congratulations. in my book you rock.

  3. 32 is rockin'!!! well done, girl!

  4. Yea--some excuse!!! respitory infection... SUUURRRRRREEEE! haha, j/k. Great job. I can't believe you were annoyed with yourself so much--well, I can believe it--but I was so proud of you.

  5. First of all, you look SMOKIN in that jacket. Second of all, LOOK AT YOU!! You're a RUNNER! I am so impressed. I officially gave up on ever enjoying running yesterday and from now on it's reading on the elliptical for me :) I'm proud of you, friend :)

  6. Okay you ran a race...that is something to be very proud of. I keep saying I am going to do so but do! Great job...sorry so delayed in tell you so. :)