Posted by: Ingrid | February 27, 2008

Of rainy race results

I ran my first 8K last Sunday morning and it rained the whole time.  My goal was 40 minutes (it was a 4.8-ish mile run) but I was secretly hoping for a bit under that.  My race stats ended up

37:30 minutes/7.32 minute miles
219th finisher out of 1353
44th woman out of 717
5th woman in my age bracket

I was pretty happy, all things being equal.  Of course there was the bit of me that was a little disappointed at not having made it into the top three.  But if I had I’d be upset at not placing first, so this is probably best.

I felt like I was going to throw up as I crossed the finish line, so I know that I gave it my best.  Then there were the hills, and the rain… I ran the whole thing in an orange poncho that I tied off 80’s style at my waist.  But of course I still got wet.

There is something amazing and holistic and integrated about running and being able to call on your body to do certain things; push harder, run faster.  There’s something about caring for and taking care of my body and then asking it for more and seeing it meet the challenge.  It feels incredible.

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  1. I am beginning to understand the last paragraph, as I come to run a little more and a little more. There’s something about knowing how much your body can do, how far it can go, and a good feeling when it does more than you had thought…


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