Last week, my company released the names of the top female and male finisher's from the Corporate Challenge. I was the top female finisher (with the next woman coming in 7 minutes behind me).
Now every time I introduce myself, I receive comments like:
"Oh, so you're J(oanna)..."
Or when I see aquaintances in passing:
"Hey - I saw your name..."
And although these moments can be embarassing, today it proved to actually be a good thing.
I was walking down the hall and saw a man who is in my group. He mentioned seeing my name and then we got to talking about running and such. I told him about my lung issues and how it affected me in the race. He said that he has had that same problem in the past and he knew how to fix it.
When you first start to feel the cramp coming on, pay attention to your cadence and how it corresponds to your breathing. So say you are running and breathing when your right foot strikes. Simply switch it up and start breathing when your left foot strikes and this hopefully will releive the problem.
Although I hope to never have the lung problem/cramp again, I definitely want to try this and see if it works! It could be a life saver in the middle of a race!
This conversion got me thinking about my running and racing. I mean I seriously have run enough 5k's already! But I love to have the speed that training for shorter races brings. I just need a training partner who can train for a half marathon or even a full marathon with me.
That is why I want to try and start a women's running group at work. I think it would be fun to get together with other women and run together. It is healthy and social! We already have a women's network here at my work and at the next meeting I think I will bring it up! Let's just hope I have some takers who want to run with me!
We will see what happens!! Happy Wednesday!