Sunday, November 13, 2005

Feelin' Groovy

I ran in the Parker Holt 5K today in Manchester, CT. I was so freaked out about how awful I felt during last weekend's race, that I got the net and signed up for one this weekend. I felt MUCH better this weekend and my time showed it. I am still not running as fast as I would like, but I just wanted to feel competetive today and I did. It was a very cool course, it was a big snakey course around a small community college campus. It also included "great path", a paved nature path.

The race was in a town about 25 miles away from my own town, therefore I did not know anyone. I think that helped me to bring my race-running back to myself. I did not know if the women ahead of me were indeed my age or not. I just ran the race I wanted to run. I was about 40 secs. slower than my goal, but there was an amazing head wind for a lot of the run that really slowed me down on the last mile. Last weekend, I knew that the Running Chicks would beat me and it was sort of mentally defeating. They are running very well right now, hopefully I can do some speed work this winter and be in better shape for the spring race season.

One thing that might help is if I stop stealing all my three children's Halloween candy. I am so sugared out my stomach hurts almost all the time! I know I am supposed to be running for chocolate, but there is a limit. I just love those little candy bars. I eat about 8 everyday. Then I usually have a bowl of ice cream after dinner with a small bag of M&Ms, of course. Yes, a new diet would probably help my speed.

Another happy thing for me is that I bought myself a new MP3 player. I jinxed myself when I wrote my confession about using one while running. The flippin thing broke the next day or so. I have been running solo ever since and it sucks. I impulse-bought a rave mp at BJs and was pleasantly surprised when it rang up $20 cheaper than the shelf price. YEAH! So I'll be running with the Dixie Chicks and Bonnie Raitt tomorrow. I want to download some Gretchen Wilson too, but my computer-wiz son is on a school trip to Washington, DC so I'll have to figure it out on my own. Thank you, CJ, for sending my some helpful tips about sprucing up my blog. I have yet to try the advice, but hope to very soon!

Have a great week everyone!

7 comments:

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Jank said...

LOL - can't wait 'til my boys are old enough to set up my tech toys. Actually, one of my goals is to try to stay a step ahead of them until they head off to college.

I can sympathize with the halloween candy. The oldest finally realized I'd been pinching it for the past 4 years, and he's watching it now.

susie said...

My office colleague is bringing his to work. Gah! I may run Glastonbury, too. Maybe I'll see you there:)

CJ said...

Glad to hear that you had a better run.

I've been sort of over-indulging in mainly chocolate type foods lately and I can't even blame it on halloween! Still thats why I run - so I can eat that sort of stuff occasionally!

Hope you found the instructions to spruce up your blog helpful but if you do have problems or you have more questions please feel free to email me. I have a computer wiz son too - very helpful..... when you can get hold of them!

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Congrats on the race! 40 seconds from your goal is darn good pacing if you ask me, especially in that wind. If you had the same wind we had on Sunday, its a wonder you were able to stay on the ground.

Personally, I have finally beaten the Halloween candy binge. Because its all gone. Urp! And if I eat too much candy my tummy does ok, but my mouth gets sore. It makes my tongue hurt.

And yea for the Dixie Chicks and Gretchen!

Running Chick said...

Aw! I know exactly how you feel! Out of town races are fun for that very reason - no pressure!

Be kind to yourself...you've had an injury this season!

Great race!

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