Thanks for the best wishes (and congrats) on Sunday’s race!
It’s funny how I can get almost more worked up over a 5k than a marathon. I think because I know it’s going to push me out of my comfort zone and I haven’t been very good about accepting that kind of racing pain lately! I’m working on it.
I felt relatively confident going into this race- I trained specifically for 6:25 pace and felt strong in my workouts. Race day was perfect: a noon start, beautiful weather in the low 40s with sunshine and a mostly flat course with a bit of wind, but overall, no excuses.
A few days before, Michele and I realized we’d be running the same 5k so it was really fun to run into her before the race and do our 3 mile warm up together. We kept it nice and easy and then added a few strides.
The race is centered around a small loop in a NJ park. We started with nearly two loops, then did a short loop outside the park and finished with the third loop. Pretty straight forward.
At the start, I felt strong. There was a small incline in the first mile that didn’t feel too bad and mile one came in even faster than I planned at 6:22. At that point, I was pretty sure this was my day to break 20!
The second time up that incline in mile two I lost pace a little bit and lost a few seconds as I tried to get back into a good rhythm and slow my breathing. Mile two was 6:37… which was discouraging and meant I had to seriously kick it up for mile 3.
My legs started to feel heavy (maybe the start was too fast?) and I didn’t have any kind of kick for the finish- I just held on as best I could! Mile 3- 6:31 and final .1 6:31.
My watch was 21:19, chip was 21:21. So close, yet still so far! Those 20 seconds!
Honestly, I was initially disappointed but at the same time knew I gave it all I had for today, and that’s all I can do, so I’m happy with my effort.
As I looked back over the 5ks of this past year, I realized that this was the best 5k since baby J was born so that’s progress!
I also know that my endurance is lacking a bit. I can run 400s and 800s much faster than goal pace, but I can’t string them together… so I need to work on mile repeats or tempos to build the speed endurance a bit. (Hill repeats, too! The smallest incline messes with me in a 5k!)
I also just need practice at this distance! So I’m looking for another 1-2 to throw into my NYC half training. I am coming for you, sub-20!
First in age group and 4th overall woman and this lovely trophy. 🙂
Did you race on New Year’s Day?
Is there a race goal you feel is within you that you keep missing in races?