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April 10, 2011 by Leanne Vogel September 13, 2017If you would have told me 1 year ago today that I’d be running because I love it, I would have thought you were nuts. And running in a race? I’d think you were on drugs! I had such a great time today. I was so nervous the days leading up to my first race. But I reminded myself of a time when I was afraid of deep water running, masters swim classes, and spin class. They didn’t turn out all that scary! I’m so happy I did this. I was bummed that I couldn’t do the 10k. It gets discouraging when your body + mind are up for the challenge, but your knee just wont conform. What I’ve learned though, is that it’s important to listen to your body than push yourself too hard and end up even worse off. So, I had to accept that the 5k was all I could do. Thankfully the race started at my gym so I took the opportunity to warm up on one of the spin bikes for 20 minutes beforehand. I maintained an rpm of 112 and kept my heart rate at 168bpm. A perfect warm up. Next thing I knew I was off the bike and outside with the rest of the runners. First thing’s first, have to set the white balance! The sun was shining, it was a beautiful day! I was so nervous. It took me awhile to figure out how that darn shoe thing worked. But I got it! [so glad I shaved this morning! Bow chicka wow wow] And we’re off! Great thing is that I managed to finish with a couple of the people I started with [ie: lady in the white + pink outfit] Note to self – buy white and pink outfit. It’s so cute! Challenge: keeping my personal pace and not worrying about other people. Proud: that I gave myself time to rest. I stuck with a run 7min: walk 1 min interval the whole time. It was hard because I just wanted to RUN FAST like everyone else! But, I just kept telling myself that no one cared what I was doing and I had to stick to my plan to avoid injury. Surprised: at how tired I was afterward. I run 5km at least 3 times a week, no problem. But there was wind, so much mud and water, and I was boiling hot in that darn shirt. Lessons:
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.