10 April 2005

WOOHOOOOO!!!!!

I DID IT!!! I can't believe it but I did it. I did 2 10K's back to back.

Saturday was the Ford Island Bridge 10K. I've always wanted to do that but for one reason or another never had a chance to. Yesterday was a beautiful day and I finally got to do it. I did the run in 1:10 - it was awesome. It was a hot day and I was getting sick to my stomach towards the end but I did it :)

Today was the inaugral Jamba Juice Rock around the Park. That started at Niketown on Kalakaua and went down to Kapioloni Park and around the park. They had a 5K option and a 10K option. The 5k did one lap of the park; the 10k did 2. When I signed up I was feeling pretty brave and signed up for the 10k even though I had a 10k the day before. When I got up this morning I was feeling a little nervous. My right knee was a tiny bit sore and I was just feeling like I might be crazy. But I overcame my nervousness and got to the start line (Charlie got up early and came with me:)

Having decided I was absolutely crazy for doing this, the race began. I started off with a little pain in my knee and I wasn't sure how it would go. I kept telling myself I can always walk. The whole idea behind this race was a band every mile and it was quite fun. Once I got into my groove I was going and doing great. They had aid stations every mile and I would stop and walk and drink water. Before I knew it I was on the last leg. I decided to pick it up and go strong for the finish. As I was coming into the finish line the announcer was saying that if I picked it up I could beat 1:08. I thought, that's almost 3 minutes faster than yesterday. So I reached deep down inside and pulled out something (I have no idea where it came from) and turned on the after burner. I crossed the finish before the clock read 1:08 and I could not have been happier. Not only did I complete 2 10k's in 2 days I beat my time the 2nd day. I'm stoked.

After the race we went out to breakfast and to work. We then came home and have been lying around the house watching soaps. I actually feel pretty good. I'm tired from the exertion of the past 2 days but otherwise feel great. Tomorrow is a total off day for me. I'm resetting the alarm so I get to sleep in and I'm not doing any exercise. Tuesday I'll start all over again but tomorrow it's all about rest.

I think I underestimate myself a lot. I tend to think I can't do things because I used to be fat and that's turning out to just not be true. I need to work on my mental game. I think I could do really well maybe even place in my age group if I was more confident of myself.

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