Saturday I ran the Lake Nona Pig Run. Race 4 out of 14 is complete. The run itself was held in Florida, but I did the virtual option. The run was done to raise money for the fight agains childhood cancer. Amazingly, they raised 35,000 for this cause!!!
The run was technically a 5k. But, I turned it in to a 10 miler. You know, because I'm crazy like that! Normally on my long runs, I run a course where Jason drives with me to drop off a car and then takes me to my starting point. Then I just run to the car without thinking. This time, I did it a little different. I found a loop to run, but while I was running it I realized the last 4-ish miles were a steady climb uphill.
I hate stead climbs. I would rather have a giant hill to conquer and then have the course level out. The steady inclines feel like they are never going to end...
I originally planned to do the run in the morning, like I do all my long runs. Only, I couldn't. So it became an afternoon run....I HATE afternoon runs. I feel so much better first thing in the morning. I like it to be cooler, and mostly I just hate sitting around thinking (or dreading) my long run for the day. I was worried I'd back out and make some excuse. But I didn't.
I set out slow on this run on purpose. I was trying to follow a set pace each mile. (I even wrote the times on my arm so I could check my pace as I was in my run.) The first 5 miles this worked perfectly! Each mile I was getting faster and faster just as I wanted. Then the steady incline came and I threw my expected times out the window. I realized I just needed to finish. I secretly hoped to finish in under 2 hours. (which would have been a 12min/mile pace) I finished just over that (2:07:33).
I am posting this picture, but just know I hate it. I see all my flaws. I have picked it apart up and down. But because I'm the queen of never taking pictures of myself when I'm heavy...I'm trying to change. I need to have something to be able to compare back to as I continue to progress.
The medal itself is so cute! I loved the little piggy...and if I'm being honest, it's this pig bling that was the reason I signed up for the race.
After this virtual race I was sore. My hips ACHED. But I took it easy afterwards and now I'm feeling 100% and ready for my half this Saturday. (At least I was feeling ready until I saw the weather forecast....cold, and rainy. Ugh.)