6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mel's Beat the Heat 5K

Stats for 6/4:
5 Miles
Time- 39:45
Pace- 7:57
HOT day, high confidence, running fast to beat the heat.

As I set out, dirty gym bag in hand, I met up with Christy in the hall. Christy works in sales, she is beautiful, always well dressed, well spoken and 100% put together. Today she wore a beautiful print dress, kitten heels and a pearl necklace. She looked at me and said "Wow you look different!" I don't see Christy often at work, we may not have crossed paths for a while. I replied, with an internal smile" I have been running, training for a Marathon." I have always had a 'I want to be her when I grow up' type of admiration for Christy, even though she is maybe 10 years older than me. "Well you look great! It is working." With a red face I said, "Thank you! You look wonderful too.." Not really sure how to respond. She said, "Well I want to look like you." Ummmmmm!! WOW!! I have NEVER, I mean NEVER, been told that before, what an amazing compliment.

Headed down the hall to change, I turned sideways careful not to hit my big head or heart filled with joy on the locker room door. LOL.. I Met a lady named Jill in the locker room who is running a FREE Marathon this weekend, free?? She sent me some details The Greenriver Marathon. Seems like something that would be really fun to do. And she could be a possible lunch training partner option. So glad I am not afraid to talk to people..

My goal today was to beat the heat and NOT COMPLAIN about it. My old training buddy Raegan once told me "You Run so fast that you create your own breeze." Hmmm….maybe that would work. So I set out to go ask FAST as I could and get out of the sun. After the first mile (7:20) I felt great and thought it would be fun to run as fast as I could to get a 5K time. My body wanted to slow but I kept on, mile 2 (7:21), I felt my pace slowing down and tried to fight. My arms dripped sweat and my sides ached, but I went faster. I was pushing it to the limit and it felt GREAT!

My 5K time was 23:20!! This time last year I ran the Race for the Cure 5K in 29:33. What a difference a year makes!! CRAZY!! I think I will sign up for a real 5K race once I finish the Marathon.

I slowed a little to recover and ran back to the office. Made it just in time to get a COLD salad and Gatorade from the Cafeteria. This was a GOOD RUN!! Yippee, nice to have that feeling back. No medals or race shirts but I truly enjoyed my "Beat the Heat 5K".


Aron said...

awesome job on the 5k!!!! and what an amazing very deserved compliment :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

nice speedy "creation of a breeze" :D

Velma said...

Great work!

J said...

That is such a great improvement in your 5k time! And that is such a nice compliment from the lady at work! I really like when people are nice!

Rookie on the Run said...

I'm always in awe of women who seem to have it "all together". What an awesome compliment! You've worked hard for it, Melanie!

You run fast enough to make a breeze for yourself and everyone else behind you! Great job!

Being Robinson said...

yeah i'd say you run fast enough to make your own breeze. you rock the caspah my friend!

RunToTheFinish said...

aww unexpected compliments are the best thing ever!! way to go on your personal 5k