Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger


OakleyThis past weekend, The Flash and I ran the NYRR Oakley Mini 10K, with our friend The Other SK, in Central Park. This was my first race since the Ragnar and honestly, I really haven’t been doing much running. I took a little time off from running to focus on some other things. I even told The Flash in an email earlier in the week “I seriously am in no shape for this 10K on Saturday. I’ve barely run in the past few weeks. I need to get on it! I’m sure I will be fine, but no PR to be expected!”

When I woke up on Saturday, I really didn’t feel great physically nor mentally (the past few weeks have been very challenging for me). It had been raining for the past two days and I anticipated a muggy morning run. However, I knew I couldn’t back out, Flash was coming to my house at 6:45am to drive in to the city and knock another race off our “13 in 2013” list.

By the time we made it down to the city (slightly behind schedule due to some flooding issues on the West Side Highway closing a few lanes), we had just enough time to pee, find some pins (I forgot mine), and get to the starting line. Surprisingly, I started really strong. I was able to keep up with The Flash who has been killing it lately. Her morning runs have really increased her speed and endurance over the past few months. I forgot my pacing watch so I had no idea what I was running at, I was just running. I missed the first water stop, so by the time I hit the three mile mark, I really needed to stop and get a drink. I caught back up to The Flash and told her, I wasn’t feeling great on this run and I might just walk a little of it. Some where around the 4 mile mark, I took a little walking break. We had just conquered some hills, and the sun was starting to blaze down. I thought about walking the rest of the race, but then I said to myself, “You can do this, you have less than two miles left”, so I started running again. I saw The Flash a head of me as she approached the 800M to the Finish sign. I thought to myself, “I’m not to far behind, I’m doing pretty good”. Like most runners, I always to finish strong and push myself when I see the finish line, but I knew I didn’t have much left of me. I just put my head down and gave it all that was left and crossed the finish line at 1:04:28 – A NEW PERSONAL RECORD! Not bad for a girl who didn’t want to get out of bed that morning!

The Other SK, The Flash & Souzapalooza sporting their Oakley Mini 10K Medals
The Other SK, The Flash & Souzapalooza sporting their Oakley Mini 10K Medals

I really don’t know what made this run different. Maybe it is the cardio training I’ve been doing with the Intensity videos. Maybe it was running on rested legs since I hadn’t run for so long. Maybe it was the result of my chiropractic adjustments making my muscle line up the way they were intended. Maybe it was not knowing my pace, not slowing myself down cause of the numbers on my watch but rather running with out limits or goals and simply for the act of running. What ever it was, my inner Kenyan (that part of me that makes me super fast like a Kenyan distance runner) shown brightly on Saturday and I think it is what I needed to kick me out of my funk and on to bigger, better things.

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