I ran the Race against Domestic Violence 5k today in Wilmington on the Riverfront.
I have run the course a handful of times and it is considered to be “flat and fast.” Guess this depends on the runner :0).
After coming off an incredibly difficult 5k (Mt. Harmon-see previous post) last weekend, I thought I had a shot at a decent time today.
I ran it in 25:09 and all I can say is UGGHH! I am almost a minute and a half off of my PR. I told myself that this race was just a gauge of my current fitness level, nothing more. BUT I was secretly hoping that I might be able to run it in 24 minutes flat. Ha!!
I was 2nd in my AG but didn’t even stay for awards because I was
being such a baby so upset about my time. Plus, I have a few thoughts on age group awards which I will talk about in my next post.
No excuses for this one other than the fact that I am just not at my previous fitness level. I think a combo of a 15 lb weight gain and not running “uncomfortable “(ie. slacking) are the two culprits here.
It was a big reality check and my plan is to keep trying!
My splits were 8:29, 8:04, and 8:01 which tells me that mile 1 is the issue. The first mile of every 5k, I always start out feeling so out of breath. This happens almost immediately and am not sure if it is just nerves and adrenaline or what.
Bill (the fiancé) and I talked about the race and my splits and he was so surprised that I was able to pick it up so much for miles 2 and 3. I, too, find it odd especially considering how fatigued I always feel the 1st mile. He thinks this means I can easily improve by working on mile 1. Man, I hope he is right.
Biggest takeaway from today: I didn’t give up. This is huge for me. I lack confidence in my running ability and it can really hurt me. At the 2 mile mark I glanced at the time on my garmin (I only use it to see distance and try my best not to look at the time) and was so discouraged after doing some quick math. I wanted so badly to give up and slow down (I had such a why bother attitude for a second) BUT I didn’t. I pushed all the way through the finish.
I am glad I have started my 5k “season” early and that I have all summer to improve. I am so hopeful that I can just keep my knee healthy.
Talk to you next week.