A quick post about the Run the Flood race!
I ran it 3 minutes faster than the Marion Arts Festival 5K a few weeks ago; but I started out way too fast--a 9:30 first mile; I had to stop and walk a few times after that, but I was thrilled with my better performance.
My stride has improved, but still needs lots of work. I wore my Ipod and listened to Quiet Riot, Queen, Wham!, and Bon Jovi. I think the music helped keep my mind off of other things, and watching other people's strides kept me paying attention to mine. I don't like to be closed off from the race happenings--I like to hear what's going on around me, but I must admit I may have to keep running races with my Ipod if it helps de-stress me.
Bud took some great pictures, but they are on his camera, which I don't have, so no pictures just yet. The weather was about 60 degrees, cloudy, and cool. Perfect weather for running. I was so happy I decided to run the 5k and not the 7 miler. Next year I'll go back to the 7 miler.
Has anyone ever had horrible calf cramps after a race? Oh my golly, walking around, gentle stretching, and the foam roller haven't eased them much. Even ate a banana. But other than that, I feel pretty good!
What's the next race? Who knows. I'm hoping to run a 10K sometime in the next few months. The 4th of July 5 miler I usually do every year in CR has been moved from downtown to a completely different course, and I have decided not to do it. It's on the same route as the half marathon I crashed, burned, and injured myself on last year, so I don't care to revisit that route!