September 27, 2010

I Did It!

On June 7th I started the C25K program and this weekend, almost 4 months later, I ran my first race, a 10K.
At the hotel before the race.
Two miles down, 4 to go!
Coming up to the finish line.
I did it!
I am proud of the fact that I signed up for a race and then finished it! I also learned a few things...1) If I run in another race most of my training needs to be done on pavement. Of all the time I've been running, 3 days a week, the majority of it has been on gravel roads. I ran on pavement once and 3 times on a treadmill. By the time I got to the finish line, my legs felt as if they were full of cement and I could hardly lift them. The next day, my quads hurt so bad I could barely move. This has never happened to me before and I'm attributing it to the pavement. 2) My biggest cheerleader (AKA Tim) met me at different points throughout the race to snap pictures and offer words of encouragement. I have been trying to run so that the middle of my foot strikes the ground first rather than my heel. This is supposed to be easier on your joints. I thought I was doing that...until I saw these photos.

Clearly a heel-strike. Now I have something to work on and practice before my next race!

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