Saturday, May 8, 2010

Provo 1/4 Marathon

I decided to try out being a runner this year. I really don't like running all that much (probably because I could never get past the out-of-shape grind), but I wanted something to work towards. After a few weeks the runs got easier and I could add on miles. I enjoyed having a routine and being able to get away a few times a week.

My first race was on May 1st. Luckily, I have a good friend who was willing to step up to the challenge with me. We teamed up and split the 1/2 marathon and had a blast. We actually did fairly well overall. I ran a 59 minute split and she ran just over an our, putting us in 6th overall for the relay division.

The bad parts about the race:
#1. I ran into my big fear during the race- a sidepain that lasted about 2 1/2 miles. I couldn't run comfortably and I had to stop every once in a while and walk a bit to try and kick it. I pushed through and eventually it got better, but oddly the only thing that was sore after the race was my abdomen area just below my ribs.

#2. The weather was TERRIBLE. Rain, wind, and hail almost the entire way. Andrew insisted he bring the bike so that he and Kaili could chase me, but after they started Kaili was pretty frozen, so they turned around.

I actually really enjoyed it and am looking forward to August 21st when I take on a half marathon in Springville!




7 comments:

pamelasue said...

Way to go! You look so cute and IN SHAPE! Good job.

Natalie said...

Good job! About the side-ache thing: I read that if you breathe out when your left foot hits the ground it can help. It's kind of tricky to coordinate your breathing, but I think it kind of helps. Also, I used to get side-aches every time I ate before I ran or exercised. I rarely do now because your body eventually gets used to it if you've been training. Good for you! You guys look great!

Kaela Cusack said...

you can do it! we just ran our 1/2 Marathon this weekend. you're in waaayyy better shape than us :) you go girl!

Jenni said...

Wow- you are a CHAMP! I'm excited for your Aug. race too!!! I didn't sign up for it, but I would LOVE to do some of the training runs with you :) Oh, it makes me so happy to think of the fact that I will be there!!!!! You're going to ROCK it... you and your new truck have something in common, champ!

Jenni said...

"Pick-up," that is... Uncle Paul Skeen would want me to correct my use of the word, "truck." :)

The Maumau's said...

Congrats! That is awesome, good job Rachel!

The Maumau's said...

Congrats! That is awesome, good job Rachel!