It's how I am sometimes. Type A. Overly ambitious. Crazy. Take your pick.....Sean picks the last one.
Goal 2011: Run two half marathons in two weeks.
Sure. Why not?
I went back to Melissa's in Banff this past weekend. It wasn't a girls' getaway. No. I thought taking the man who thinks I am crazy would be a much better plan. He could hold my chocolate milk at the finish line for when I finally would drag my sorry butt over it. And before I forget......he was awesome and didn't mock me once......I don't think.
I went into this race with two goals:
1. Do not EVER look behind me - it's not productive and it's energy consuming and it throw me off balance.
2. Run the hills as much as possible.
I did those things. I only looked back before I passed another runner (kind of like changing lanes). I ran all the hills except 1/3 of the last one and most of that was on my scheduled walk anyway. My time was 20 minutes faster than last year.
I did learn some things.
1. Banff is almost double the elevation I am used to. I started too fast and by 6k I was sucking wind and not getting any. I started out passing a number of runners. "Hey, you! I want that 1354th finish. You can finish 1355th." By the middle, I realized that was silly. My pace slowed by choice and by the fact that I was breathing poorly.
2. I still hate running in warm weather. It was a gorgeous day in the town of Banff. I think I like running somewhere between -12C and 6C.
3. Chocolate milk at the finish line is a great motivator.
4. I really drink a lot of water while running. How do people do it without?????
In the end, I walked about 10 minutes more than I wanted to. I got major butt cramps (I don't know what the proper term is) during the last 1K. My ankle is swollen and I am limping around.
But I finished!!!!! I got my chocolate milk!!!!! I was NOT last!!!!!!
So I get a two week break to fix myself and off to Victoria for half number two......going from a run at 4500-ish ft. above sea level to 75-ish ft. above sea level. I'm told this makes a huge difference. There just better be a lot of water for me to drink.