This Saturday I ran the Bath Steeplechase 8k.
How did I train for it? Ummmm. . .well, I did run, so technically that is training, right? Ok, to be honest, I have managed to do a mini tempo run ( 5 miles) at half marathon pace and a set of 400s at faster-than-5k-pace since the Akron marathon. I thought this would be a nice, relaxing race.
As if such a thing exists.
One of the reasons I like the Bath Steeplechase is that it is about three miles from my house, so I was able to sleep in. Plus, it started at 10:00 am, a time that screwed with my head, I must say. It was a very inexpensive race, and I liked the long-sleeved tech shirt that came with it.
I showed up at Bath Community Park about half an hour before the race, timing that is unthinkable to me for any other race. Usually I am worried about parking and bathrooms, but this time I kept telling myself, "Relax. It's five miles. You can do five miles in your sleep. Just run in the sun."
To my delight, I saw my friend Vicky, who was there to cheer on her grandson Gabe:
|I can't describe how happy I was to see Vicky there.|
The gun went off when we started at the bottom of a tiny but steep hill, and I managed to slip in the grass for that first hill. Nice.
The course had a little bit of everything: trails, pavement, stream crossings, crushed limestone, and large rocks. In addition, we had to jump over hay bales and horse jumps. Around mile 2 I felt like trail running and marathon training had ruined my racing drive because honestly I had no desire to run up the hills. I ran what I could and walked at least three hills.
|Here I pretend that everything is just fine. See my sweet Bondi Compression Socks?|
Fun should also be my focus. For now, I will only do workouts that I consider to be fun. I have tons of dance DVDs and Tae Bo DVDs, and I intend to use them between runs. I want to be excited about feeling strong and capable; I don't want to dread exercise.
How do you feel after your recent races, Peeps? Still trying to recover?
Until then, run happy, Peeps!
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