GOOD MORNING! :)
Woah, CK, you’re a little happy this morning…but you know, that’s just me, spreadin’ the sunshine!
Why am I so happy, you’re wondering?
I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K TODAY! In exactly 30:15. I’m still in shock.
Have you ever been surprised by how strong your body truly is?
I definitely feel that I could’ve run much harder and faster, but my goal for today was just to run the whole thing. And I did! It feels so good to reach your goals :)
By the way, it was cold! 60 degrees F..and to most of you runnahs, that probably seems absolutely lovely (which it ended up being). But for my little lungs that were mostly unexposed to the elements, it was cuhhrazay. I had to run the first mile with a jacket on!
Most importantly though, I ran this race with my papa by my side :) He was such a great motivator and really helped me to keep with my form (major love and thanks to Chi Running! absolute geniuses).
CK Dad is a seasoned runner – he’s completed our local marathon more times than I can count, the Boston Marathon twice, and will be running the New York City Marathon come November. He’s such an incredible inspiration to me, and I don’t know if I would’ve done as well today if he wasn’t there to truly just be there. I love my papa with all my heart, he is such an incredible father :)
After today’s race, I decided it was time to start running outside. I thought that going from treadmill running to an outdoor race would absolutelykill me, but instead it was easy, peaceful, and nicer. I was in my own happy running place, oblivious to other runners – I used to be so conscious of the people around me and never be able to keep my own pace, but today that was completely different. My pace was mine, I was listening to my body, and most importantly I was conscious of everything within myself. The only problem was that my lungs really were not used to the coolness of the outdoors, so when it was time to bring out the big guns, my lungs started to feel the brunt of the cold and it made me nauseus.
Question: Do you have any solutions for this? Tricks that help your breathing? Ways to avoid feeling nauseus?
Please let me know! I would love any of your tips and advice :)
As for you lovely people, here’s a list of Things I would recommend before your first 5K or race:
- Sleep in your running clothes the night before. Seriously! I do this on nights when I’m feeling unmotivated or tired, but it makes waking up (and getting out to run!) much quicker, simpler, and easier. Plus, it’s motivation since you’re already wearing your gear!
- Wake up within the hour of your race. If I wait more than an hour to run after I wake up, I get hungry – and any food in my belly before I run gives me major crampage. Plus, it gives you ample time to….
- Hydrate! I cannot stress this enough. Before any race, workout, or run, hydration is key. It wakes you up, gets your gears running, and keeps your muscles and cells happy while you work out. Water is the the fuel of life, my friends :)
- Warm up. Take 5 to 10 minutes to jog around, stretch, and get your muscles warm. You’ll be glad you did when your muscles carry you effortlessly (and cramp-lessly!) through your race/workout. Jogging gets your muscles loose, and stretching releases lactic acid and other soreness-inducing chemicals from your muscles, allowing you to run your hardest with as little muscle strain as possible. This is also important before any workout – train well and race well :)
- Cool down. After your race (or workout) take time to let your muscles cool down by jogging or walking, and hydrate! Hydrating post-workout is just as important as hydrating before you workout. Remember the water your drank before your run? Your body used it during your workout, sweated it out, and needs to be replenished. So for the sake of your muscles, your body, and your training, take time to treat your muscles and your body well – water and a gradual cool-down.
- Eat well. I think this speaks for itself! Eat nutritious, good-for-you foods – especially, within 20 minutes or so after your race/workout (your muscles need replenished glucose, protein, and fuel in general!). For more on this, you can read my philosophy.
Last night, about to go to bed in my race clothes :)
First 5K shirt! :)
Post-race brunch pictures and recipe will be up later, as well as yesterday’s yums! (and recipes, ahhhbviously :) )
See you later lovlies, hope everyone’s enjoying their Sunday! Time to go work on my summer reading :] Fall semester starts Tuesday.. (ahh!). Looks like I’ve got some work to do. Here I come, Beowulf! You ain’t got nothin’ on me ;)
p.s. I’m planning on signing up for another 5K race! (oh, man, crazy CK…) It’s September 25th, and proceeds benefit a children’s charity – this time, I’ll be ready for anythang :)