Ouch! The first mile of the 30th Annual Lunar Rendezvous run was pure torture. I stretched before the race...I did! I stretched the night before. I got up early stretched and rolled out every muscle in my legs. I even had the good doctor give me acupuncture on my knee again for good measure. I guess it could have been worse if I hadn't done all that. I was near tears that first mile. Ever single step hurt. I wanted to just stop and sit down but I kept telling myself, "They usually go away or calm down if you just keep walking, and you don't want to quit! People will be waiting to hear how you did. It is better to eek it out slowly than not to finish. It isn't like it is a 1/2 Marathon or anything." Those were all of the things running through my head. I am so glad that I brought my ipod, the music really helped. The hardest part in the beginning was watching lots of people pass me. I am competitive by nature and it hurts to get passed up. As my legs were screaming I was mentally saying to myself "I should be faster than that person!" Finally somewhere during mile 2 my pain started to ease and I started to get closer to a few of the people who had gone ahead. Special thanks go out to the lovely woman Susan who spent the last mile and half chatting with me. That really helped too. The last mile I walked the first part as fast as I could possibly go and then the last half mile I jogged/ran to the finish. My time was under an hour so I was happy with that being that in the beginning I didn't think I could finish. Overall I think it was a good race. I learned that I need to walk more outside. Before a race I should walk it out. (not sure how far or how much but maybe that will help) I need to stretch even more than before. I have a long way to go before I am ready for a 1/2 marathon.
FYI : The race was onsite at JSC. It looped all the way around from the Space Center, went in front of our building, then around to near the main gates. It was a nice course around.
Now I just have to get geared up to do another 5K in two weeks.