…is in the bag!
Yesterday, on a very chilly day in Buffalo, a group of friends and I decided to be crazy nuts and do the annual Shamrock Run. This run is HUGE, 5,600 (according to the Buffalo News) huge. If I’m being honest, I don’t really hate cold weather and I don’t even hate running in the cold. A few years back when I was in super amazing running shape, my favorite time to run was in the freezing cold. Typically very few people are out which makes it quiet, so I wasn’t worried at all about the weather that an early March run could bring, what I was worried about was the fact that it was an 8K, which is 4.97 miles.
I never questioned whether I’d finish it or not, I knew I would. I can absolutely walk 5 miles (if needed) without a problem but how quickly I completed it was the question at hand. As I mentioned, I was doing this with a group of friends all of whom are in pretty amazing shape compared to my “lump” self, who is just getting back into things, so I put pressure on myself to get it done as quickly as possible so that they weren’t left waiting, though there was a beer tent at the finish line so things couldn’t have been too bad for them.
I completed the race in 1:16:06. I was happy with the time it took me to complete it but I was not happy with how badly I hurt. My shins were killing me and I just felt overall tired. There were plenty of hills and again it is nearly a 5 mile race, I could have been in better shape but instead of continuing to beat myself up over what has already come and gone, I am going to change the future. As I told my husband this afternoon, NO MORE BS! We both laughed really hard at me phrasing it this way but seriously…enough already!
I spent the early afternoon preparing everything for the week, so that each evening all I need to do is throw it into a container and I’m good to go.
I’m ready for the fresh start that a new week brings. I have goals for the month of March that I am working towards and I have so many reasons to work hard and accomplish what I am setting out to do.