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Last Pre-Race Run

Last Pre-Race Run

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit.  Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. – Muhammad Ali


The Run
4.00 miles

The Picture

Roadside Blooms

The Recap

Yesterday was my last run before the big race on Saturday, if you can call a 5K a “big race”.   This is my first race in a long time and while I don’t think it will be my fastest ever, it will give me a Picture Runner benchmark of where I am.  I love racing so I’m pretty excited even if it is a short one.  So far the weather is not looking good, but I’m hopeful that the storms will hold off till later in the day.

Forecast

Yesterday was quite a different day.  The high was in the upper 60s; there was almost no wind; and the sky was bright with the sun.  In fact, it was almost hot.

Kansas Sky

When I set out on my run, I was in a good mood, but my legs were a little sore from my gym workout on Wednesday.   I really struggled on the hills, my quads were burning.  The first two miles were awful.  I had to walk.  I really felt like Saturday was going to be the worst race ever.  I stopped to take some pictures of some wildflowers.  I saw a bunny in the road and snapped a picture for my daughter.

Mr. Bunny

I was hot and discouraged.  I took some other pictures and stretched my legs for a good bit.  I didn’t feel out of breath but my legs were sore.  I decided to start back home.  The second two miles were nothing like the first.  I felt Great! The soreness in my legs seemed to have worked it self out and I was able to clock two miles at 8:09 and 8:15.  Note to self: I must do a proper warm up on Saturday.  This is not the first run I’ve done on sore legs only to feel better the second half of the run.  I did my yoga this morning and will do it again tonight as well as foam roll.

I’m hoping the race will go well.  I have my outfit picked out and I’m ready.  My favorite fans will be waiting for me at the finish and then we’re all going out for specialty coffee and donuts. 🙂  Well, they are.  No donuts for me unless there is a Paleo donut, which I doubt.

Can’t wait to tell you how it goes!  I’m not sure I’ll get any pictures, but we’ll see.

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PS. These pictures were with the point and shoot.  Didn’t want to run with the pack just before the race.

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