But first...the week in review!
Tuesday morning I got up and did 40 minutes on the elliptical, arms and abs.
Headed to Nashville and had a very busy, productive day getting things ready!
I set the alarm to get up at the hotel and I just did not have the energy! We stayed up late having dinner with friends and it was WAY past my 10:30 bedtime.
Wednesday was another long day...
Thursday morning I got up and did 40 minutes on the elliptical again and arms and abs.
I once again intended to get up Friday morning...and I bailed...can I say I was tapering?
Friday night I had a big bowl of pasta, lots of water and got in bed early.
Got up at 5:30 and had a breakfast bar, some water and some coffee. Did some stretching and I was ready to go!
The Chickaumaga Race was wonderful! By far the best run I have done...through the park and mostly flat. I really enjoyed myself and (once again) I think I am officially bit by the bug!
Here are Alan and I before the race
As you recall Alan is the reason I got into this in the first place.
It was a cold and rainy morning. We knew that it was supposed to stop by race time, and it did, but it was pretty unnerving at the beginning.
The Chickaumaga Chase takes place in the Chickamauga Battlefield so the appropriate pre race festivities took place:
It was another crowded start. Our 5K, a 15K and a 2.5 walk all started at the same time. I had feelings of being closed in again and worked through it!
The first mile was great...I felt great I stayed in my head and did not worry about the people around me. I ran the entire first mile in 11 minutes and 28 seconds.The next half mile I started to slow down and get a little winded. I decided to push through five more minutes and the last 1/4 mile I did a four minute walk I minute run. I did he second mile in 11 minutes and 26 seconds.
The third mile I did the four minute walk and one minute walk the entire way. I really saw the benefits of this method as I saw a lot of people around me fly past, stop and then I would pass them again...but, by the end my steady pace was helping me pull ahead!
After I passed the 3mile marker I sprinted (really) the last .2 and passed about 7 people. I was a little disappointed in myself that I still had that much fuel in the tank. The last 1.2 mile was done in 12:53.
Total Time: 35 minutes and seven seconds.
I had a mental goal (that I was scared to share) of making it in 35 minutes...so close!
Alan did great too:
He finished in just over 41 minutes!
My kneed did great, my halo did great and I am overall really happy with the race!
As always, Scott was there to root me on and take all these great pictures!
After the race we all hit the Biscuit Barn:
So, next week, different place, same time...
If you haven't got the reasons
Just make up any reasons
Then pick them 'til they're torn.