I swear, this Ironman might be the death of me. That or I just need to get used to the long days of training really fast! :) I'm telling you - it's totally kicking my butt. I love the training, I'm feeling strong and fit, but I can't keep my eyes open! And with 111 days to go, that's not a good thing! :)
I did something cool this weekend - I ran a 5k with a first time runner. I remember my first race. I was nervous as could be. I didn't know where the number was supposed to go or how to attach the chip to my shoe. What do I wear? What do I eat? I'm telling you, it was so stressful! My BFF's husband has been following a training program to get him to the Mother's Day 5k. About a month ago, he asked if I'd run it with him and from then on, I kind of played the check in role - he'd check in with me, I'd check in on him. He was doing great and I knew that the race would be no different.
Saturday came and Gabe was a little nervous. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous to. I've never paced someone. What if I run too fast and he dies? What if he hates racing and never wants to speak to me again? We lined up at the start and I told him that we'll keep about an 8:45 pace and to let me know how he feels. He agreed. The siren sounded and we were off. First mile... 8:12. YIKES - I'm not meant to be a pacer, that's for sure - pure rookie mistake of getting caught up in the excitement and the downhill portion of the course! Poor Gabe, but I looked at him and he was doing great. I kept telling him that. He didn't answer. Asked him how he was doing and he muttered fine. We slowed the second mile down and got into a groove. Around 2.5 he turns to me and says "I might need to walk". And then it happened.
I looked at him and sternly said "No, you won't walk. We're almost there. You can do it."
End of discussion! :) And you know what, it worked. He ran the whole thing, finished in 26:30, and when asked about the race, tells everyone "I wanted to walk but Colleen wouldn't let me". Hehehe... that's what I'm here for! He wants to keep running which is awesome, but I have a feeling he won't be asking me to run with him again! :)
I came home and ended up signed up for a 10k. A stand alone 10k. The only 10k's I've ever done come after a .9 mile swim and a 24.8 mile bike. I'm excited, although I have no clue how to pace it out or what I should be able to run. It's in a month so I have time to work on it. Then tri season starts!
Hopefully between now and then I feel rested! Shouldn't hold my breath for that one! :)