I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was great, but it definitely went by too fast, like every single weekend tends to do. I had a total of 20 miles to run this weekend to cap off a 50+ mile week. Let me tell you, I was feeling it in yesterdays run. It was 95% humidity, so I like to blame difficult runs on the weather. In addition to my regularly scheduled mileage, I had a 5k Saturday that I have been anticipating since June. I haven't raced since early June and my legs were getting antsy! I have been working so incredibly hard towards my big race goal and I had my sites set on a sub-21:00 5k. I felt confident and ready to be able to accomplish that. First of all, let me say that I am a lover of the 5k. I love that you can really really push yourself, and that it only lasts for like 22 minutes. The half and full marathon are still my favorite distances, but the 5k really holds a special place in my heart. Anyone else? Lauren Fleshman agrees. <-------- 10 Reasons the 5k is Freaking Awesome.
ANYWAYS...I failed to pre-register for the race, which is completely unlike me because I'm normally really on top of things like race signups. Saturday morning I woke up at 5:30am, made an english muffin with some Justin's PEANUT BUTTER (regular peanut butter trumps all other types of nut butters in my humble opinion), had some water with Nuun and was ready to go when my sweet mom picked me up at 6:15ish. My mom is seriously the sweetest and best person on the planet. ANYTIME she can make a race I'm running, she is there, no matter what. She woke up super early even though she had a long day ahead at work that afternoon. THANKS MOM, YOU'RE THE BEST AND I LOVE YOU! We drove to the race location in Ballston Spa, which was about 45 minutes away. I registered and hung out with the team until everyone was there to do some warm-up miles.
We climbed the giant hill to start our warm-up around 8:00 am. It was EXTREMELY humid (I think around 90% humidity) and did a 3.5 mile warmup. We finished our warm-up, took a group photo and walked BACK up the hill for the start of the race. It was a pretty flat, out and back course and HUGE downhill at the hill. The race was scheduled to start at 8:30, but didn't end up starting until 9:00, which annoyed me. As I mentioned above, I felt really confident going into the race that'd be able to run a sub 21, but on race day, I just felt off. It was hot, my stomach felt blah and I just wasn't in 'race mode'. And ya know what, that's okay! Not every race is going to be your best race. You're not always going to feel 100%. That's running. That's life. I had planned to run my first mile at 6:50 and negative split the rest. That didn't happen.
All smiles and laughter before the race started...
These were the thoughts going through my head:
Mile 1: Okay stay with Bill and/or Deanne. Keep it steady, don't go out too fast. Ummm, slow down, Bill is now behind you. Okay... annnd he's gone. That's ok. Hold this pace.. ((6:47))
Mile 2: Annnnd there's no way I'm going to catch Bill or Deanne. Why is this taking forever. Why is it so hot. I can't breath. ANNND there goes Mike annnnnd there goes Colleen. And Steve. And there's an 8 on my watch right now. WTF!!! I can't breath, it's so hot, I hate this. Just get to the mile 3 sign. ((7:03))
Mile 3: I CAN'T BREATH. I literally cannot go any faster than what I'm running right now. I hate this. THIS IS TAKING FREAKING FOREVER. Just need to round that corner. Why is that corner so far away? This was not as flat as I was thinking. MADE IT AROUND THE CORNER-- Just get to the downhill. (look down at watch as it clicks past 20:00) okay whelp that's not happening. If I go any faster on this hill I'm going to face plant. HI MOM!
DONE-- 3.12 miles // 21:25 // 6:52 avg. pace
A PR by :12 seconds. I'll take what I can get. I cooled down with 3.24 miles.
9.84 miles total for the day
((PS--Thank you to my momsie and Meg for all the pictures!))
I WAS NOT happy with this race. I really had higher exceptions and was bummed when I fell short of my goal. I even tried to convince my coach to let me run another 5k next weekend. He reminded me that my focus is off, that my progress has been great and that I'm making big deposits into my running bank. I'll be cashing that all in in Chicago in 8 short weeks. THAT is my ultimate goal and my main focus. FINE. I had fun regardless of my perceived shortcomings.
I did win 2nd place in my age group ;) Actually, Nark Running Strategies pretty much cleaned house in awards and in PR's #NBD !! ((Shout out to Allison for a huge PR of 20:11 and placing in the top 3 female finishers! #magirl! I could list everyone's awesome performance, but that'd take up a lot of time. YOU ALL DID AWESOME AND YOU ALL INSPIRE ME!!! I love my team.
SO... I didn't reach my A Goal, but I did PR and it wasn't that terrible. I could say that I didn't pace myself correctly, but I really did on my first mile and things just fell apart for 7:03 minutes on mile 2. It happens. I'm here to say I'm over it and I am moving on! I am so happy I have this group of awesome friends to encourage and motivate me every single day. I love each and every one of you!
ALSO--Don't forget to enter my giveaway for some awesome Pro Compression socks!!
Happy running my friendssssss!!!!