I started last Saturday in the pool at the YMCA with my super patient girlfriend (who is an awesome swimmer). After just a few lengths of the pool I was winded. I felt like I had been sprinting a mile. My heart was pounding, and it was hard. I don't like to do things I'm not good at, and it definitely felt like this was something I wasn't going to be good at. It was a short workout - maybe 30 minutes or so - but it got me in the pool. Now the goal is to do at least two days a week until I start triathlon training intensely in April. One big negative was hitting my toe on the side of the pool (I am the world's most accident prone human) which resulted in a delightfully bruised toe. That helped tremendously during the 5k later in the day.
|So that left a mark.|
Unfortunately I wasn't having a cocktail before the race (although I did drink two martinis once before a 15 mile marathon training run a few years ago...true story). We headed to the start near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town. The course was an out and back on the Lansing River Trail, a course I've run in several 5ks and on multiple long training runs. One of the biggest negatives was no bathrooms near the start. One thing that is consistent in every race is that runners need bathrooms. Even if you don't actually need it, you think you do. I had to run to a gas station a block or so away for the bathroom which was rather irritating. I am not sure I've ever seen a race, even a 5k, without bathrooms at the start.
|The fish ladder on a brilliant winter afternoon|
|Chilly at the start|
The start was very crowded. Not only were there lots of people, but given the amount of snow we've gotten the course was a understandably a little slushy. It would have been extremely helpful to have at least little signs suggesting runners/walkers line up by time. It was nearly impossible to pass for a while, and I kept passing walkers who started out at the front of the pack. It was very frustrating.
|A really crowded start|
|A happy finish|