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First competition run goes better than expected
May 2, 2013 - Andy Heintz
I didn't know what to expect from my first competitive road race of the season.
But since I haven't been able to train the way I would have liked because of the duties that come with a newborn, it went as good or better than I could have expected.
I did not run in the Drake Relays Half Marathon because I knew there was no way I could have made it with so few training days. I did tackle the 10K though and finished a few seconds under an hour. The first three miles were pretty easy ... then the hills made their presence known. It was all uphill from there I am afraid.
For a first run, it wasn't bad. And running with a close friend of mine made my first Drake Relays Road Races experience that much more memorable. He will turn his attention to triathlon training, while I will focus on training in general.
I have already knocked out a 10-mile bike, a 5K run and a four-mile run in the past two days. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come. And with summer hopefully arriving soon, getting outside will be a good thing as well.
The wife is a teacher so I can get away from daddy duties during the days before work. If not, I recently got a hold of a jogging stroller that I am dying to try out.
Aubrey may be a little bit small for that right now though.
I am going to look into some more smaller road races in the coming months. The next big race I would like to tackle is the Des Moines Marathon. I have always wanted to complete a marathon and I am not getting any younger.
I will have the Des Moines Half-Marathon on stand by though if I won't be ready for the full run.
Wish me luck. I most likely will need it.
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