Sunday, January 01, 2006

The 5K That Wasn't

I had every intention of starting the New Year by setting a new 5k PR at the very cleverly named 8th Annual DCRRC Predictions and Resolution (PR) 5K Run with my pal Bex today.

Alas, 'twas not to be, due to aforementioned family problems, which had me driving a long way and getting home late and exhausted on New Year's Eve. So, this morning I hung around home, researched nursing homes online, read blogs, and even the newspaper, and generally did nothing.

Until suddenly, at 3:30 p.m., I decided I absolutely had to run. All my running clothes were at work. So, I hopped in the car and went off to work, changed, and thought I would set my own little PR, all by myself.

Alas, 'twas not to be.

But, due to the miracle of "new" math, plus some entertaining extrapolation, we give you this:

Mile One: 10:42
Mile Two: 10:45

Now close your eyes, and imagine Mile Three and Mile point One:
Pretend Mile 3 (Let's say I got tired): 10:55
Pretend Mile .1: 1:15

Which gives us a total of: (oh, right, like I can do math) roughly 33 minutes and 30 seconds. Something like that.

Yeah me!! You GO imaginary girl setting your imaginary PRs!!!

Now, back in the real world, I ran two good miles, they felt slow, but weren't for me, my ITB hurt like a very bad word that I'm not going to say here because this is a FAMILY blog for God's sake! for mile one and then lessened up for mile two but by then I had run out of time so then I stretched and did some strength work for 15 minutes, plus took a shower AND washed my hair at work, which made me arrive at the 5 p.m. church service at exactly 4:49 p.m. (right, like that would ever happen) 4:59 p.m. With wet hair.

Resolution Number One (which I will break at the first possible moment): STOP WITH WATCHING THE SPLITS ALREADY! I've, sigh, been advised to do this many times before, and sigh, can't seem to break the habit, but i'm going to try try try to run for a set amount of time and gradually increase that, and as GOD IS MY WITNESS, I will stop obsessing about splits. (OK, I'll try really hard to.)

Resolutions Numbers Two thru Twenty are on their way.

Tomorrow, I head back to Charlottesville for a few days. I'll be missing ya'll.


Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Good for you for getting out there. Sometimes imaginary PRs are the best kind. Ta heck with the real world. Take care of that ITB, eh.

21st Century Mom said...

You ran - that is more than I can say for myself. You go girl - you and your imaginary friend.

Rae said...

At least you got out there!! If you didn't obsess about your splits how would you know if you were improving? Maybe "obsess" is the problem. Some days were just meant to take it slow and enjoy the feel of running....

Hope everything ends up well with your mother. My mom has been going through the same struggles with my grandparents for what seems like forever now (first my grandad and now my grandma). It just doesn't seem like "fun".

Happy New Year!

nancytoby said...

Sorry about your lousy times - it's got to be a royal pain schlepping to C-ville and back. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to everyone!!

Okolo said...

Does your IT Band need rest?

I really like your idea of imaginary PRs

Ice, Ice, more Ice.

susie said...

Jeanne, I hope your mom is improving. I've been thinking about you...
And have you read Running Chick's description of her PT? Mine was similar--the stretching, rolling, and strengthening of the hips seem to make a huge difference. Hang in there.

a.maria said...

ohhhh, happy new year!!! at least you got out there and ran! i was bound and determined, but uh... yeah that was just not happening. too much drinking the night before.

i'm sending get better vibes to your mom, i hope all is well. hurry home, we'll miss you!

Bex said...

I'm hoping that things work out well with your mom. I know that's a big challenge on several fronts. But I know you will prevail!

Let me know if I can do anything to help. Like going out with you on a run (I will not push you). Or another appletini.

Black Knight said...

The most important thing run. The real PBs will arrive when you don't have to run from work to the hospital and from the hospital to work. Good luck for mom and take care

Thomas said...

I hope your mum will be ok. My son fell down the staircase very similarly to your mum on New Year's Day, but didn't get imjured apart from a bump on the head. It was enough to really scare us, though.

Bolder said...

Happy New Year Jeanne!

I was thinking your imaginary PRs are quite similar to my imaginary laps in the pool...

Isn't it really all about proper visualization! Go us!!

*jeanne* said...

Two miles is GREAT. Forget the 1.1 that wasn't.

Life goes on.

You did something, instead of sitting on your butt all day. That's a good New Year's Day.

By the way, I did the DCRRC Resolutions Run last year - my, oh my, that final uphill sure would've had you saying things not fit on a family blog!

David said...

Splits are good things. Don't delude yourself. Hold onto them but wait until the run is over to agonize/rejoice. As you go for longer runs, the shorter ones will be easier AND faster. You believe that don't you?