This weekend was really fun. I had a race on Saturday night that was at Piedmont Park. We had on glow sticks and glow in the dark t-shirts and stuff. They also had luminaries to help light our way. The run was all in the park and we ended up doubling back on ourselves about halfway through.
A few reasons why I think this race was a success:
- I was able to put my breathing techniques to the test! I had to conscientiously think about breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth, but once I got going, it was much easier. I found a good rhythm and really tried to stick with it. I could totally tell a difference too.
- My body wouldn’t really let me go as long as I think I could, but I wasn’t stopping because I couldn’t breathe. I was stopping because my legs turned to mud. We did walked a little bit, but that was ok with me. I have yet to be able to run an entire 5k, but since I have had breathing issues, I can’t really worry about that yet. I am so pleased to feel like I have fixed this issue.
- My dad came and watched us cross the finish line. Now, this was really awesome for me because as we were running I saw him come up, so he got to see me in action. Ha! That was awesome. Mrs. Neidhart yelled, “Mr. C” and was jumping all cute-like. (That was his nickname for all my friends from our younger days). He then was able to see me as we were doubling back and then as we crossed the finish line. It was great to have him there and have his support. I would have loved to run sub 35 min, but I can’t really complain about it. The whole experience was a success.
- Our official time was 36.25, which isn’t bad, but isn’t my best either. But given all the issues I have had in the past with breathing, I am not going to complain. I also know that the breathing worked because I have no pain/tension in my shoulders like I did the last race…which is awesome. The race was great and I can’t wait to race again.
Do you have ideas for strength training exercises/machines to should try?