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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This, my friends, is a cautionary tale to all first time runners. Tell this story at your local running store, share it with your friends who think that anyone can run 3.1 miles, learn from it.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>Pre-race</b></span></span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I began c25k on May 21, 2007 and finished at the end of July. I figured that 5 additional weeks of OHR would be sufficient to prepare me for my first 5k: Run Around the Square in Regent Square, Pittsburgh, PA, August 25, 2007. In fact, today I was supposed to run 38 minutes to complete week 5 of OHR. My time goal: 45 minutes. My secret time goal: 40 minutes.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I spoke to a friend of mine several weeks ago who ran cross country in high school and has been running ever since. He expressed concern that I picked this particular race as my first because of all the hills (Mile 2 is entirely uphill, as are some of Miles 1 and 3). I was aggrieved that he would doubt my training, stamina, determination. I WAS going to run this race. So I set the following goals:</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">1. Finish</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">2. Run the whole race</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">3. Finish under 45 minutes</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">A fourth joke goal was not to die. This turned out not be such a joke after all.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">My friend agreed to pick my up at 7:45 and drive me to the race (with a 9:00 start). I got my chip and walked toward the start. It was a blue sky, fluffy cloud kind of day, but walking those 7 blocks got a good sweat going, and I was very aware of how hot it was. My friend and I walked around to find a good place for her to set up and take pictures, and then I got ready to race. I thought about using the port-a-potties, but the line was long, and I hold the prize for longest held pee, so I skipped it.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">My friends, <b>lesson #1</b>: Pee before the race.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">We lined up; I was toward the front 1/4 of racers. There was no mat so the timing started when the gun went off. I was about 10 seconds behind the start.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Mile 1</b></span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Most of the first mile was on the red brick streets of Regent Square. It started downhill and didn’t really go uphill until we entered the park toward the end of the mile. As always, I started too fast. Still, everyone, their brother, and their 10 year old kid passed me. I felt good, but I tried to put on the brakes, as my longest run prior to today was 2.75 miles, and I knew I had a long way to go. Wide shaded streets, nice shaded trail. At every corner, musicians had set up and were playing for the runners along the way. People lined the streets cheering. My friend almost missed me and got a picture from behind. Mile 1 felt fabulous. . .until I finished it. There was a man at the mile marker with a stop watch yelling out the times. “One mile done; 10:35.” 10:35!!! I looked at my watch and sure enough, my watch said 10:23. At this point my friends, I knew I was in serious trouble.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Mile 2</b></span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This mile began on a hill and ended on a hill, with mostly hill in between. Some of you may know that I have a tendency to charge hills.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Lesson #2</b>: Don’t charge hills</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">We left the trail and went back on the streets, running on a main road that is a weekend detour due to construction in the area. I started talking to myself at this point, encouraging myself, saying that I was half-way done. The people on the detour, who probably weren’t that excited to have one lane of their detoured road closed for a race, honked happily at us as we ran past. People were still passing me; the only people that I passed were those who stopped to walk the hills (and they invariably passed me when they started running again). Finally, we entered the park again (on another hill). Now we were in MY territory. I walk and run on this trail all the time – but in the opposite direction. More on that in a minute.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">At the end of mile 2 I was breathing very heavily, my legs didn’t want to seem to keep moving, and then, my award-winning bladder failed me. Despite not drinking very much (more on THAT later), I peed my running skirt. Yes, you read that correctly, I pissed all over myself. I had absolutely no ability to stop it. So, with 1.1 miles to go, I was faced with a decision: do I stop or do I run with pee dripping down my leg. I decided to keep running. I mean, stopping would have just meant getting done even later. So, I sprayed water on my crotch to dilute the urine and pushed on.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Mile 3</b></span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Now, as I said, I run this trail a lot. There are a lot of twists and turns, and it’s mostly uphill. At this point, I was breathing very heavily, my legs didn’t want to keep moving forward, and I just wanted to be done. I should have known, given how long each of the previous two miles had been, that this mile was not going to be magically shorter than those were. Somehow, though, I kept thinking that the downhill would start just around the next turn. Of course, around the next turn was just another incline. Finally, I was SURE that the downhill was just around the next turn, and I told myself that. When I made the bend and saw yet another incline, I just couldn’t do it. I stopped running and walked up it. It wasn’t very far, but Goal #2 was shot. Trying not to beat myself up, I started running again, and finally the downhill started. It was all I could do to let gravity work. This hill, however, is loooooooong, and it seemed to go on forever. I was almost home, so what did I do? I started running faster.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Lesson #3</b>: Don’t start the kick too early</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">There was no Mile 3 marker (or if there was, I didn’t see it), so I had no idea how much further I had. I could hear the crowd at the finish line, but I couldn’t see it. There was a man and his two kids who kept passing me, then they stopped to walk, then they passed me, then they stopped to walk. I was really hoping I could beat them, but I was at the end of my endurance. Finally, cursing myself for running too fast, too early, I saw the finish, and when I looked at the clock, I cursed myself again: 36:45. Remember this is more than 3 minutes faster than my <i>secret</i> time goal. So what did I do? I sped up so I could come in under 37:00. Final chip time: 36:54.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Post-race</b></span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Having started 10-15 seconds after the gun, the real time was probably something closer to 36:40. Why don’t I know? Well, I was so exhausted, and I was breathing so hard, that I couldn’t remember if I stopped my watch or not. Apparently I had, but then I accidentally restarted it, and couldn’t turn it off again. Thus, I don’t have an accurate watch time. I also don’t know if I beat the family or they beat me because I was so focused on the clock that I had no idea who was around me.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">They took off my chip, handed me a carnation, and then it started to go downhill. I started weaving and tipping, as if I was going to fall over. Though I know I needed to keep moving, or at least, keep vertical, I was afraid I was going to fall down. I couldn’t catch my breath, and I knew that my face was very red. Finally, I sat down. A race volunteer had started walking with me at some point with a fresh bottle of water, and she started pouring the water on me. Then, feeling sick, I laid down. I still couldn’t catch my breath. Then the nausea started. Finally, I sat up and puked up all the water that I had consumed (that I didn’t pee out). The medics were called.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The dude who showed up was really cocky, and I was so mad at myself for not slowing down when I KNEW I was going too fast (honestly, I didn’t know how), I just couldn’t calm down. I felt all kinds of judgment coming from him, asking me if I was diabetic (you sure are fat), if I had trained (you sure are fat), asking if I had eaten this morning (you sure are fat). Granted, I was probably projecting, but I was getting so mad that I couldn’t calm down and regulate my breathing, so every time he said “tough it out” or “calm down”, I wanted to punch him. Finally, he left, I started crying, and then, after realizing how pathetic I looked, crying and sitting in my own urine, I calmed down. I was probably on the ground for about an hour, and then my friend and I decided to walk back to her car. I was going to walk home (about 1.5 miles) because I didn’t want to sit in pee in her car, but as soon as I stood up, my calves reminded me that I didn’t stretch after the race.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Lesson #4</b>: Stretch after a race</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I’ve been home for a while now, having accepted the ride from my friend. I’m freshly showered, sitting in my underwear in the AC, and I’m getting a little more perspective on the race (though my calves still protest every time I get up to get something from another room). I’ve already told a friend the edited version (sans pee) of the events, and she thinks it was a complete success. I FINISHED A 5K. And I learned many lessons along the way. So to recap my goals:</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">1. Finish – check</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">2. Run the whole thing – I’ll get ‘em next time</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">3. Finish under 45 minutes – and then some</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">4. Don’t die – Not today</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Other stats:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">40/51 in my age group</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">709/866 total</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">And so, my friends, learn from my mistakes. I have learned from them, and so I would appreciate it if you would keep the lecturing to a minimum, preferably to zero. I know I should have slowed down. I know I should have hydrated more. I know it would not have killed me to walk more. I know I did not respect Mother Nature. I know that I’ll do better next time. Maybe not faster, but definitely smarter.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The only question remains, do I run my scheduled 30 minutes on Monday? (I’m still supposed to run one more minute today to stay on schedule for OHR, but I think I’ll just round up.) I’m just crazy enough to do it, but only if my body agrees.</span></span>
 

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In my limited experience, most of my "training" happens between my ears. It sounds like you got a lot of that accomplished in this race.<br><br>
When's your next one? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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PRAE-<br><br>
I know this wasn't your biggest moment of pride, but don't be too hard on yourself. Next time you'll do things a bit slower, perhaps, but there are things you learned from this (and your post was great, btw...you have a good sense of humor about life lessons).<br><br>
Other things you didn't know:<br><br>
1) Running is full of moments where you are completely immodest-worry not about the peeing part. Heck, the elites do it! Or, just ask all those people who pooped on someone's lawn in the first 5 miles of a marathon somewhere because the port o johns were full or slimed themselves up with body glide in personal places in front of 6 billion-teenth other runners.<br><br>
2)5ks are <b>teh suck</b> because you are required to push yourself to the limit. You did that.<br><br>
3) That "helper" was awful; I've never heard of a volunteer acting in such poor taste. That he said "tough it up or calm down" should make him get his volunteer-good-Samaritan badge revoked. Dick.<br><br>
4) You made your time in a big way, you lived through it, and you know what else? You finished the CT5k and stomped the hell out of it.<br><br>
Here, here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br><br>
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Dear Pee Pants <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> (I'm sorry! I couldn't help it. I hope it makes you smile!!)<br><br>
I'm with your friend. Count it as a success. You've learned a whole hell of a lot about racing and running in just one race! I loved reading your report/cautionary tale <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I say run on Monday, but make it an easy run. Probably, if you're anything like me, no run is really an easy run, but don't push it at all on Monday. Give your body time to recover. You went farther than you have before, and you pushed yourself more than you had ever done. You deserve a break on Monday. The break is an easy run, rather than pushing too hard. I find that helps with muscle soreness.<br><br>
Others with way more experience than I will have more, and most likely better, advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Prae- Sorry it didn't go the way you expected entirely. But- daaammmn girl! What a great time! You definitely know what you're made of! You should TOTALLY be very proud of finishing your first 5K! (And think of it this way, it definitely is memorable! I remember only a few things about my first 5k.)<br><br>
I agree with Crane about that volunteer. I'm guessing he's a HS coach in another life (that's what ours always said to us and I usually had the same reaction as you!)<br><br>
Great job and play it by ear about Monday's run. You'll know the right decision once it's Monday.<br><br>
Enjoy the rest of the weekend! You've earned it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Prae,<br><br>
Girl, even with the not-so-good stuff, think positively! You finished your first 5k!!!! That's worth celebrating.<br><br>
I know it wasn't full of shining moments, but as you've stated, you've learned a few lessons, and those will help you to become a better runner in the future. Know that it should only get better from here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><br>
*hughugs*
 

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That, Prae, was a gutsy race. Pretty? Maybe not, but racing is rarely pretty. Pacing in a race is an incredibly hard skill to master, and no one ever gets it right the first time. In fact, if you ask <b>Pacer</b>, I bet he'd admit that he still hasn't got it figured out for 5K.<br><br>
I agree with <b>Melis</b>, and don't let the pee thing bother you. Given a long enough running career everyone has a moment where Nature calls at the wrong time, and it could have been much worse (more on that in a bit). You just got that milestone out of the way early.<br><br>
Let's focus on the positives here, and there are lots of them. One, you busted even your double secret goal time by an unbelievable amount. That's a tremendous accomplishment, and probably means you've come farther, quicker than you had thought. Way to go! My Dad (a pretty good runner in his day) always said that if you didn't puke or want to puke at the end of a race you didn't run hard enough, so don't worry about that, either.<br><br>
It sounds like you had quite the experience, and learned a whole lot. Again, more positives.<br><br>
The volunteer is an a$$hat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/razz.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Razz"> to him.<br><br>
Finally, you write a great race report. I'm really proud of how well you did in this race, and I'm really looking forward to reading more of your RRs.<br><br>
Great job, runner!<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">(In the "it could be worse department": Uta Pippig was suffering from colitis when she won Boston in 1996. It was, uh, obvious to anyone watching. Her nature calls moment was broadcast to millions of people.)</span>
 

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Prae, I peed on myself during my first track meet in high school. I, too, didn't realize I wouldn't be able to hold my pee once I started running really fast. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
However, I think you did great! I wouldn't be embarrassed in the least and that medic guy was just an asshat.
 

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Prae, congratulations on finishing your first 5K with such a good time! I know it was rough, but you did it.<br><br>
Here is <b>Lesson #5:</b> Pee on your running skirt, your shorts, your legs, your socks or your shoes is really no big deal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I speak from experience!<br><br>
And don't worry about what the medic thinks! Did he run a 5k that day? Didn't think so!
 

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Great gutsy race. Now you know that you can dig deep when necessary!<br><br>
Next time your mind will win out over your adrenaline. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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A huge Congratulations to you Prae! You did great!! Awesome time, your longest distance ... Don't be too hard on yourself. It's horribly hot and humid out there. And you've got a great first 5K story! <img alt="" src="http://bestsmileys.com/clapping/2.gif" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Prae - there are two ways to look at this. The negative - did this,did that, etc. Or the positive - how far you have come in a few months. I would go with the positive.<br><br>
You are a hella tough woman - be proud.
 

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i dunno... i mighta peed my pants too if i ran that fast. ask anyone they'll tell you.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br>
you are a quick learner...takes most of us a lot longer to learn so many lessons....
 

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<b>Prae</b> - I must say congrats for sticking it out and finishing. It sounds like you had a really rough time your first 5k but you came through it. You ran longer then before and had an excellent finish time. The lessons you learned today are lessons that I will remember for when I run my first 5k. I would also say either take Monday off, or if you feel up to it, still run but slower/shorter then usual as a recovery run.<br><br>
Oh an if it was me that volunteer was talking too, I would have puked all over him just for spite. *grin* what an a$$.
 

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omg, that was a great race report, even though your race was not great in your mind. You wrote that very well. Lots of lessons learned.<br><b><br><i><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">People were still passing me; the only people that I passed were those who stopped to walk the hills (and they invariably passed me when they started running again).<br><br></span></span></i></b><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I am a hill walker. But i am a fast one. The past two years i ran a very hilly marathon and i would pass runners on the hills. hehe.<br><br></span></span> <i><b><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Though I know I needed to keep moving, or at least, keep vertical, I was afraid I was going to fall down. I couldn’t catch my breath, and I knew that my face was very red. Finally, I sat down.<br></span></span></b></i><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><br>
I did this at my first marathon. All i wanted to do was sit down and once i did i got severely nauseous. Luckily i did not puke, but i probably would have been better off puking!!!!<br><br></span></span> <b><i><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I felt all kinds of judgment coming from him, asking me if I was diabetic (you sure are fat), if I had trained (you sure are fat), asking if I had eaten this morning (you sure are fat). Granted, I was probably projecting, but I was getting so mad that I couldn’t calm down and regulate my breathing, so every time he said “tough it out” or “calm down”, I wanted to punch him.<br><br></span></span></i></b><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">That sucks. And he is an ass. Remember, when you see the race photos, they are ALL taken with a wide angle lens. I swear. They are always horrible. I have a stick thin friend and even hers make her look heavy!<br><br>
Good job on your race. I hope you feel better to eat some ice cream or cake or something yummy.<br></span></span>
 

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Congrats on your PR! And it will only get better for you, you'll see. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<b>Prae-</b> The hard parts are over, you ran your first 5k, you beat a time goal and you survived. That in itself are great accomplishments.<br><br>
Youve come a long way in a short time and you should be proud of your self.<br><br>
As a race volunteer, I couldnt imagine saying those things to a runner who was obviously not doing so well post race, whan an asshole!<br><br>
Great report btw, you made it sound like youve written a bunch of these things.
 

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Prae, I'm so impressed!!!! You did a super job for a first race - not to mention your longest distance! Great work, now you'll know what to plan for your next race!<br><br>
I say take a shot at your Monday workout. You'll feel better once you get a more relaxed run in after the race stress.<br><br>
And...I ran all through high school...peeing yourself is a mark of true dedication and running spirit! Still sucks, but it's a noble tradition of sorts!<br><br>
Congrats!!
 

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Wow, <b>Prae</b> - that is one helluva' first race experience and RR! First races are always memorable, but this one goes one step beyond the typical.<br><br>
Sure, certain events aren't ones that you're too proud of, but I think the most important thing you found out is you can dig a lot deeper you thought you could, and probably a lot more than many others. To come in as much under your secret time goal as you did is pretty amazing in my book.<br><br>
Congratulations on a stellar effort. You've come quite a long way already, and with that hint of determination you flashed in your race, I think you've got even more bigger things in your running future.<br><br>
And oh yeah...that volunteer was an a$$hat...and a rumpswab to boot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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It sounds like a race you'll never forget. About the pacing, yeah, I've done 7 races so far and I'm still trying to find that perfect pacing where it will feel like I didn't hold back too much or that I went out too fast and gave too much back at the end.
 
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