Musings First Run

Published on January 1st, 2014 | by karlyn


First Run

For the third year in a row, my husband and I kicked off the new year by running the 1st Run 5K in Lowell MA. We like this race for a lot of reason:

  • The route is relatively flat (although this year seemed more hilly than I remember it!)
  • It’s got about 1,500 runners, so it’s big enough for Victor to get some competition and for me to sit comfortably mid-pack and not feel like the slowest runner in the race
  • It kicks off the Will Run for Beer Series
  • You get a nice hat and gloves that we use regularly on cold runs
  • Everyone gets a badass finisher medal that’s in the shape of a wine bottle stopper
  • Everyone gets a free beer after the race

My goal for this race was simple: Run the whole way. I’ve been doing a lot of treadmill running lately and I know I need to train on concrete, but I have just been so terrified of it. I’m finally starting to feel like this problem with my calves is under control but the impact of running is less on a treadmill than concrete and I’ve been worried that if I run outside, I’ll just aggravate it. So if I was able to run the whole way, that would mean that I can run outside and it’ll be OK.

And I did! Not only did I run the whole way, but I ran my second fastest 5K ever – second only to the Hollis Fast 5K, which is an entirely downhill race! And I feel pretty confident that if it had been a warmer day, I would have beaten that time. I was having problems breathing throughout the race from the cold, something that sometimes happens to Victor but has never happened to me. so the biggest problem I had in the run. I really couldn’t be happier with the way the day went.

With 109 days left to Boston, I’ve got some work to do. I still need to raise about $7,000 to meet my goal, and I need get myself up to marathon shape. Here’s the plan:

  • I really need to start paying closer attention to diet. Running is going reasonably well, but I need to lose weight. So, time to start taking this a bit more seriously and watching what I’m eating. I’m going to experiment with more low carb options, with the exception of before races and long runs.
  • I’m going to amp up non-running cardio – I actually feel better about my cardio than I thought I would, but it can be better.
  • I’m going to start doing yoga again in the mornings. I think this will not only help my calves, but also help to manage my stress level.

Overall, I feel pretty good with 3 and a half months to go. This is doable. :-)

About the Author

I'm a non-runner (i.e. a proudly slow runner) training to run the world's most famous marathon. This will be my third marathon, and second Boston Marathon in a row. I will be running as a part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Team and will be raising money for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Cancer Research. Follow my journey by joining my mailing list, following me on Twitter or on Facebook.

3 Responses to First Run

  1. JoAnn M says:

    Live this, Karlyn, know u can so it, u r inspiring !!

  2. JoAnn M says:

    Let’s try that again…love this, Karlyn, know you can do it, you are inspiring!!! Xoxoxoxo Mom

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