A few things to keep in mind while you read this:
- I had just (finally!) reached a long run of 3 miles two weeks before this 5K. (And to think that my long run used to be 7-10 miles.) (Sob)
- I've been concentrating on slowly building up my mileage and haven't focused on speedwork.
The kids woke me up in the morning and I still felt kind of queasy, which is a bit unusual when I have these "attacks." They can be draining but by the next morning, I'm usually okay. I tried to get up and get going but it was tough. And I couldn't really eat. I told Rich that worse case scenario, I would just sit with the girls and not run but inside I was mad that I felt so crummy, especially since I had been looking forward to this. And it's not easy to coordinate help with the kids.
(iPhone photo. Don't know why I feel the need to disclose that but I do.)
I decided to run. I'd had big plans to run around the parking lot and warm up before the race but I ended up needing to conserve energy so I watched the other runners run around the parking lot warming up. The day before the race, Rich had asked me what my goals were. Is there a Type A runner who doesn't have goals?
- 33 minutes - Easy goal
- 31 minutes - 'Should be able to' goal (I ran 3 miles in 31:28 the week before.)
- 30 minutes - Stretch goal
There were just over 200 runners so this was a small race. About a quarter of a mile into it, everyone had settled into their racing pace. There was a guy running next to me at my pace but he was having trouble breathing so I knew he wouldn't be with me for long. At a half a mile, I passed a group of 6 runners. There were now two women in front of me. One was wearing a bright orange shirt with "Just do it" on the back. So I did it - I passed them both. At this point, I felt comfortable with my pace but I couldn't tell if I was running a 10 minute mile or a 12 minute mile. It wasn't hard but it wasn't easy.
Mile 1 - 10:16 - I passed another large group of runners and was a bit surprised when I checked my watch.
I came to a water station around 1.5 miles and although I was thirsty, I was afraid that if I took in any water, it would just come right back up. I dumped the water on my head and shirt to cool me off.
Mile 2 - 20:04 - Suddenly, I was starving. My body started to rebel. You want me to do this with no food!
I've run this course before so I knew that the last mile was a bit hilly. I managed the last hill without walking and thought that I could possibly pull off 30 minutes. Unfortunately, with about a quarter of a mile left, I felt like I was going to throw up so I had to slow down.
Mile 3.1 - 31:24
Meh. I'll take it considering how I felt. Rich, on the other hand, finished in 25 minutes! He also recently returned to running after a brief hiatus and has been training for a 7 mile race next month. There's another 5K next month that I hope to run in.