Okay just to be clear, I did not run entirely naked.
But I thought this title sounded way better than “The Race For the Cure 5K Recap”. Don’t you think?
So if you remember back to a few weeks ago when I met Christopher McDougall, the author of Born To Run – I threw in a little claim about me running The Race for the Cure naked. Naked in the sense of no garmin, no ipod, and a little addition of no shoes.
Okay, so I rocked the Vibrams. But still, I consider that a pretty darn naked run.
This particular race holds a very special place in my heart for me. Exactly two years ago, I ran this same race as my very first 5k.
Crossing that finish line for the very first time was one of the most amazing feelings in the world. That race two years ago seriously sparked the fire inside of me to keep on running. So I was pretty excited to be taking part in this race yet again.
A little blast from the past… May 2009
Before the race, I met up with my Team. Which included a few people from my church, a few people I have never met, and my bloggy friend Meg!
Anyways, I set out to run this race with the utmost of mindfulness. Mindful of my body, mindful of my surroundings, and mindful of my breathing. So that was the goal anyway. Run mindfully naked.
The race started out as complete cluster, which I anticipated from year’s past. But being short has it’s advantages to weaving through people quickly.
I listened as my vibrams pitter-pattered the ground beneath me as ran.
I watched all the fans lined up on both sides of the streets decked out their breast cancer pink shirts, and cheering on all the runners.
There was a false start at the beginning of the race, and we had to crowd hundreds of people backwards through the start line. It was quite funny.
Then the race started FOR REAL and we off!
I ran through miles 1 with no problems. Around mile 2 my stomach felt like there was a brick in it, and I was breathing really really hard.
I had no idea of my pace, but honestly I felt like I was running slower than usual. I really didn’t want to stop until I hit the finish line. So I kept on trucking.
Since I’m also still getting used to running in vibrams (this was my first race in them), catching my rhythm seemed a bit more difficult at times than in regular running shoes.
Between mile 2 and 3 I started to feel a little cramp in the arch of my foot. This was definitely a Vibram related issue. It wasn’t hurting too bad, but if I hadn’t been so close to the finish, I probably would have stopped to walk it off.
I rounded the last corner of the race, and could finally see the finish line ahead. I happen to glance up at the time clock and noticed it was in the 28:00’s.
Something clicked, and my legs moved faster than I think they ever had. I wanted to cross that finish line under 29 minutes.
I felt like I was flying through the air. I had no concept of anything going on around me. I saw the finish line and I put into full speed.
I crossed that finish line at 28:59! A new personal record 5k record. I beat my previous 5k record by 40 seconds (29:39)!
As soon as I made it through the hustle bustle, I knew I had pushed it. I felt high on life, and like I wanted to puke. It was an interesting combination of feelings. 🙂
I met back up with Meg as she crossed the finish line. YAY, it was a great race for everyone!
I also found J. Alabama and he couldn’t stopping grinning over how proud of me he was. He has been to almost every race, and knew running under 10 minute miles (for a 5k) was a HUGE milestone for me.
Oh yeah, and then we found some friends who were also rocking the Vibrams, and had to take a picture.
I’m not sure if running without gadgets and gizmos helped me to focus more on my running. Or if running in Vibrams helped put a little pep in my step.
All I know is that this is the second time I have run this race without a garmin or ipod and I have pleasantly surprised myself.
I can’t say that I will give up wearing Garmina, I love her way too much. It’s just nice to leave it at home for a race and just see what my body does.
Apparently it does just fine! 🙂
I challenge all you runners out there to go on a “naked” run this week. See how you feel without your garmin & ipod.
Let me know how it goes. I would love to do a collaborative post with all your photos and comments!
Email me at destination26.2 at gmail dot com by Sunday evening May 15th and I will feature you in a post next week!
Happy Running!! 🙂