Sunday, April 26, 2009

Try again next weekend

No PR. Not really even close, I had to beat 24:39 and I did 26:19. 8:31 pace. My 4 miler a month ago was faster! I went out ok, probably too fast like usual. I couldn't find my watch this morning, though it didn't matter as there were no mile markers! That, the unusual (yet pretty nice!) heat, and lack of 5k experience (I've only really raced one) meant it wasn't a great race. On the positive side, my stomach behaved, I did manage to push pretty much the whole race, and my friend Clara ran too and PR'd. I think the heat slowed everyone down, as even with my mediocre time I finished in the top 25% (120 out of 508, 13/97 in age group). I even saw a woman running with a BOB, and I talked to her at the end. There was another woman running whom I saw after the race with 8 month old twins! She said her time today was 2 minutes better than her last 5k a couple weeks ago. It was fun talking to other running moms! And Andra and Fred had a great time at home together. Yesterday too, I was gone for about 2.5 hours (5 mile run and then tutoring) and left a bottle (and Fred actually gave it to her, at least today) so I didn't worry so much about being home at a certain time. Slowly I am trying to make myself a little less important.

Next weekend there's a 5k that is on the same course as the Bunny Boogie I chickened out of on Easter weekend. I will do's close to home, it's my favorite running loop (so even if the miles aren't marked, mentally I'll know exactly how much further I have to go), and really, there's no physical reason I can't run a 7:55 pace. I know treadmills are easier, but I've done 3 miles faster than that a couple times recently and felt great. I'd guess my biggest problem is that I do go out too fast and then crash at the end. Maybe I'll race a bunch of 5k's this year and learn better strategy. I do hate 5k's though. You have to be in pain the whole time for it to be a good race. 10k's too. Half and fulls, I am never really uncomfortable (maybe I should be, ha!), I just go at a reasonably challenging pace and hold on.

I hope Andra and Fred cheer me on next weekend.


Leah said...

I'm sure that racing on a hot day after training in cool weather must have been a factor. At least that's what I keep telling myself. What I also keep telling myself is that I am fortunate to be able to get out there and do these things at all. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter if I'm not as fast as I want to be.

N.D. said...

It was totally warm yesterday!! makes a big difference. Isn't it nice getting away for a few hours? And not feeling bad? I had to for the marathon training and it was great!!!

I'm starting to miss work. I wish we could work 2-3 days a week. I'd really enjoy that.

X-Country2 said...

The first hot days of summer kick my butt. I ended up sucking water off the side of a model home one day last week.

Angela and David Kidd said...

The heat definetely takes a toll. Good luck next weekend.

And I laughed outloud when you wrote you are trying to make yourself less important. I hear ya on that one.