Where did May go? I must have "ran" right through it.... ha! Here are my stats for May:
Miles: 153 miles for the month of MAY
Posted Goals for May:
- Get at least 40 miles per week (current average 36) -NOT DONE - did have 1 week with 43
- Get my long runs to 14 miles (currently 12) - Up to 13.5 - NOT DONE
- Finish P90X - DONE!
- Try running early morning (at least once) - need to get reflective gear - NOT DONE
- Tall Moms Virtual 5k - 5/5 click HERE for the Race Report - PR 26:23
- Germantown 5 miler - 5/15 click HERE for Race Report - PR 45:58
- Rock Your Socks Virtual 1/2 marathon - click HERE for Race Report - PR 2:18:52
- Jeremy's Run 5k - 5/31 - no PR (29:52) race report below
Monday was Jeremy's Run a 5k race. I signed up for the 5k race and my family and friend signed up for the 5k walk. It was a very hilly course, but I had hoped to PR... I did not. But it was a learning race for me.
I always get nervous for races, even a silly 'ole 5k. I woke up around 4am and could not get the race out of my head. I feared that my calf would bother me. I feared that I would be last. I feared that it would be too hilly. I feared that I would not get a PR.
What is that saying, "Self fulfilling prophesy"? I guess I can only give myself credit for how the race went down.
There were several hundred runners and walkers at the race and it was HOT. The race did not start until a little after 8:30 and it was almost 80 degrees by then. I did not wear my water belt because it was only a 5k and there was a water stop. BIG MISTAKE. I was so hot that by the time I hit the 2 mile water station, I just through it on my body.
The first part of the race was slightly downhill. I enjoyed that part and my mile 1 time was 7:35 - way to fast. I caught up with my awesome personal trainer from the gym, Benny Dorsey and we ran the next mile together. It was really had to run with her and I think it was the beginning of my decline. Mile 2 was 8:45. By the time I saw the HUGE winding hill, the first runners were already race back towards the finish line. This defeated me in a sense. It should not have since the winner's average mile time was like 5:14. Never will I run that fast.
The hills were ALL in the sun and it was hot. At the turn around point I was still with Benny, but feared that I was starting to get fatigued from the sun. I was kicking myself for not wearing my water belt. I was mad that I had started off too fast. I was DEFEATED mentally.
I chugged along as other runners past me until the next hill. I just could not do it. I walked again. I think after walking the first hill, it enabled me to walk again. I never should have walked, I should have just slowed my pace. Lesson learned.
Mile 3 was painful in the sense that I was so mentally defeated. I ran and walked at my leisure completely forgetting about this being a race. I started to think my family would catch me... which was literally impossible, but that was where my mind was at this point in the race. Benny was completely out of sight. The last mile was up hill in the sun. Did I mention I was mentally defeated?
Here is me right after I finished. Time: 29:52 (3 minutes slower than my PR). I quickly took my race chip off. Grabbed a bottle of water and poured it all over my body. And grabbed another to actually drink. I drank 1/2 of it in one gulp and poured the rest on my body. I started running back on the course to go find my family. As I passed runners and walkers, I offered cheers. Hopefully, they were supportive. Then I realized that since I was "re-running" the course, that I was bringing people down. I got several, "Oh, you need to run it again?" Or "Wasn't the 5k enough for you?" I quickly responded, "I am trying to find my children who are walking with my husband." This made me feel so bad. I wasn't trying to show any one up.
At some point I chose to carry each of them on my back for a couple of yards to give them a break. But they all crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 5 minutes. I was so proud of them all!
Here is all of us after the race, after refreshments. It felt good for this race to be over.
What mental tricks do you use so you do not get defeated?