Monday, October 11, 2010

to Do Well or to Finish...?

On Sunday when I got to Relief Society, I realized that I was this weeks spotlight. I had filled out the slip with my information a few months ago, and had forgotten all about it. As I read one of the middle lines... "She is currently training for a 10k", I laughed.

Once upon a time I ran a 10k, and trained. And then my good friend Mary convinced me to sign up for another one right before school started. It wasn't until October so I figured I had enough time to prepare.

Fast forward to last Saturday, I had not run once since school had started and I was at Thanksgiving point, about to start my 2nd 10k. The first 3 miles were fine, we were on flat ground and Mary and I were running at a 9:30 pace. And then we entered Thanksgiving Point Gardens and it all went down hill. (Well actually up hill.... but you get my point.) Most of miles 3-4.5 were up hill, a few flat segments, and an occasional decline. Mary and I parted at mile 3, because I didn't want to slow her down. Every once in a while on the switch backs up to the waterfall, I would see her and wave to let her know I was still alive.

As I ran towards the finish, (even the last flat mile was hard after all of the previous hills) I was SO tired. I saw Mary's husband and her two boys, and sadly he hadn't seen Mary when she finished. They gave me enough strength to finish the race out. Surprisingly my time was 1 hour and 9 minutes. I felt like I had been gone for at least an hour and a half.

My 1st 10k was completed in 1 hour 2 minutes, so only adding 7 minutes and having no training I felt good about it..... Until I woke up on Sunday morning. No more races unless proper training has been done. I felt like I was 80. Today I am 70.

Pre run picture in the Car:
Post run picture:
Yes I actually finished:
My biggest fan (he didn't know it though):


Heidi said...

Way to go, I'm impressed! Now make sure you get in that relaxation time at Lake Powell!

Mike and Laken Cannon said...

Alyse, you are amazing! My 5K kept me feeling 90 for a 4 days. Whenever I go running I think, "I need to be like Alyse." That keeps me going. :)

Sara Gray said...

Well your smile pre-run and your smile post-run are equally as chipper so you must be more amazing then you know. 90% of the race is mental and there is no one more mentally tough than a teacher who has to have a battle of the wits each day with her students.

Danielle said...

You're crazy....just so ya know.

perdue family said...

Dang gurl...your hott. Way to get out there! That sounded like a beautiful race. Im so proud :)

Mark and JanaRae said...

WAY to GO! I haven't ran since school stared either. We better get training for our Turkey Trott!