Todays Workouts- AM- 7 miles at a recovery pace. PM- 4 miles (also easy pace)
Have you ever run a race, turned to the finish line straight away, saw the clock, and was elated with surprise at the time?! Yea, that did NOT happen to me at yesterdays Diamond House 5K. In case you are a new reader my Garmin started acting up a while back. It will still work occasionally but I have to hard reset it, hold it way above my head, and beg it to turn on. So I started to run watchless again and truth is I prefer it. I REALLY prefer to race without it. Instead of staring at my wrist every ten seconds, I am listening to my body. Honestly a 5K is supposed to hurt like heck, I don’t need a mini-computer on my wrist to tell me to push harder. The down side of this though is that when I turned the last corner to the finish line yesterday and saw the clock my face was not-at-all happy. My last two 5K’s I have finished at exactly 18:06. Those were “casual” 5K’s and I consider myself to be fitter than when I ran those. The finish line clock yesterday said 18:05 (1st female, 3rd overall) and I was completely deflated because I’ve been working so hard, killing all my speed workouts, running aggressive from the gun…..to gain one measly second….ulgh. It was extremely hot & humid yesterday and we ran into the wind for half a mile but Coach Mark Hadley and I had decided that my workouts indicated a 17:40ish finish. The VERY least I wanted was a sub 18. I have run sub 18’s before but not since high school and college and considering how long ago I graduated (don’t ask) I do not consider those my PR’s anymore. So technically anything under 18:06 would have been a PR.
After I sulked a bit in my own head, texted Coach Hadley about my time, and ran my cool down a friend, Chadwick, casually said “It’s strange that the clock was off!” I was all “WUT?” It turns out the finish line clock was off by 12 seconds and my official time was 17:53. Not exactly how fast I wanted but sub 18. I felt much better! Considering the heat, humidity, wind, and that I ran the entire race alone I feel a bit better about my workouts and hopeful that a much faster time in in the future. My progress might not be as fast as I want but I am making progress and will have to learn patience.
A race highlight? The Mr. brought the kiddos and I was able to side 5 my kids as I ran by them. That was motivating. The picture below is my oldest Charlie. His 1st grade class planted the tall plants behind us as one of their many Nature Preservation projects. The race started close by and he was thrilled to show me his work. So proud of him!
Have a great week everyone! I have lots of easy running and get to do my long run at a new place this weekend. Can’t wait to let you know all about it. Take care!