Okay, so these past 3 weeks have taught me many things:
1. I NEED my running friends! They are what truly inspire me to get up in the morning. I miss that comradarie and rely on it more than I realized. I have never looked forward to a Monday morning as much as tomorrow- yeah for 6:30am!
2. I am not in good enough shape to go from running 5-6 days a week to 1-2 days a week and still be able to run and feel great doing so.
3. Not getting a PR is not the worst thing in the world. I ran a 5k yesterday in my hometown mountains . It was a little but of a crazy decision considering I hadn't been running and I went to bed at 3am the night before, and I was leaving for the airport 3 hours later, and I had no watch or mp3 player, and no friends to run with. But after running a marathon with ZERO sleep, I now know I can do anything. :-) (Thanks Suzie!) So, anyway, I woke up and did not want to run, which made me get out of bed more, just to prove to myself I could do it. I am so stubborn. :-) The race course was beautiful- around a lake. No loops- woo hoo! I think I started out too fast, but I am not positive since I didn't have a watch. :-) It was very hilly especially compared to the half marathon I ran on 4th of July. I tried to keep my pace up and I only walked once to get some water. I had no idea how fast I was running and when I saw 26:30 as I crossed the finish line I will admit I was disappointed. This is the first time that I have not had a PR in a distance. However, considering the circumstances, I was very happy. The best surprise was looking up my time today and seeing that I was first in my age group!! Yeah, so I guess I didn't do too bad.
4. I have worked to hard to stop running. So, here I am, ready to go again. The 10k is 6 weeks away, and I definitely want a PR. Who is with me?
Can't wait to see all of you!! I hope I can keep up.