Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A busy, busy weekend

This last weekend I ran in a race. 
"What?" you say, "a RACE?"
Yes that is right!

Robert got me a treadmil for my birthday, and I have been using it.  Nice huh!  It took a few weeks before we had it all put together and so far I have used it about 3 times or more a week.  Robert runs all these races and says it is so fun.  I keep thinking how is running fun?  Well maybe he is somewhat right?  (The race was fun, but running on the treadmill is not so much.)

I had a goal to do a race.  I signed up for a 5K in Aug.  It was a Midnight Run that I thought would be kind of fun.  I got lost so I arrived late, and was all frustrated I didn't run in it.  There was this police directing traffic, he was shining his flashlight all over.  As I pulled up by him I noticed then that my race has started and saw where I was suppose to be.  I rolled down the window and the officer said something about stopping or something.  I told him I couldn't see anything because he was shining his flashlight right into my eyes!  (I realized at this point that I was kind of rude and a jerk to him, oops!)  He then asked, "Where are you going?"  Remember it is now midnight, I pointed over to the people running, and told him I was suppose to be running the race but got lost, and now am too late.  He suggested for me to still run it.  I thought maybe I would but by the time I got there everyone was out of sight...  I was mad, annoyed, frustrated and cried back to the car.  I think maybe I was tired too.  I was looking so forward to this and then I totally blew it!  I was so angry.

I then scheduled....  a different race.  This was a 3k, it was Racing Cane by Run13.  I ran it and did really good for myself.  When I have been running on the treadmil, I seem to only be able to run a 12 minute mile (I'm kind of embarressed to even admit it because I walk a 15 minute mile).  I have tried a faster pace but I just get too tired and can't keep it up or have to slow down and walk.  I was running for 2 miles without stopping before my race.  Of course that was just a 12 minute mile.  Hey, it's better then being able to run 5 or 10 minutes. 

At my race, I ran an average of a 10 min 3 sec mile.  Which really suprised me.  I ran the whole time, I was tired but I wasn't as tired as I was on the treadmil doing the same speed.  In fact most of the time I looked at Rob's Garmin watch (keeps track of distance, pace, time) I was noticing how fast I was going so I had to slow myself down in fear that I would be worn out before I was done. 

It was a GREAT race, but it was my first race.  It is a starting point, something to measure and compare to later. I really wanted to do this Mud Dash this weekend but I didn't sign up in time... and it was 10K and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it.  It looked really fun though, it was a obsticle mud run.  Maybe next year.

Lauren and Amber also did the race with me on Saturday.  They ran the kids run, Lauren did half a mile and Amber did a quarter.  They both did really good too.  Amber ran the whole time chasing bugs she would see, and Lauren ran/walked.  She would run really fast and then tire out and walk for a few steps and then run again.  She did great.  Lindsey thinks she wants to do it next time. 

Then there was Sunday.....  I have been freeking out this last 2 weeks I think it has been, since a day after Labor Day.  I was called to be the Primary President in our ward.  YIKES!  Sunday they sustained me.  I am really still all frazzled about it, my mind won't shut off (which is why I am still awake).  There is so much to do, I keep going through my mind what I have to do and thinking of how to do this or if I should do this or this....  Our ward also was just split so we have lost many of the teachers.  I hope this anxious, nervous, scatter brained, can't seem to focus, feeling goes away soon.  I really need my head back. 


** Adrian ** said...

Karla, that is AWESOME!!! I wish I had your motivation! I was doing pretty good, then went backwards again. GRR! I have an elliptical machine, but keep thinking it would be lots easier to run OUTSIDE. Maybe I'll have to try it out to find out! I have lots of running friends & just haven't caught the running bug yet. It seems like everyone who does it loves it. Great job on doing your first race!!!

Congrats on becoming the Primary President!!! You are going to be SO AMAZING!!! You have such a creative mind & you are of course fantastic with kids, so they are SO LUCKY to have you!!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

wendy said...

Karla, I am so impressed that you ran!!

And Adrian is right--you'll be amazing as Primary pres. Thank you for spending time with us even though you've got so much on your plate this week. I really really appreciate you!!

The Gubler Family said...

My husband made me start running 5K's with him when we first got married. I use to hate them. But I love them now. I have been running 2-3 miles 3 times a week now for a year and a half. I have noticed so many health benefits from it. So keep it up. It is worth it.
You will be an amazing Primary President.

the baller said...


That's so awesome you finished a race. Robert's right - running can be fun! I was bummed not to get to see you and Robert during Ragnar this year. Hopefully next year.

Happy Running!

Amy Sorensen said...

Congrats on your race, Karla! Now you'll be hooked and want to run them all the time! And I think you'll be awesome as the Primary president!