I’ll just skip the pleasantries and the suspense.
7:30 pace feels fast when I do 800 meter repeats. Mile repeats feel hard at 8-minute miles.
I’m a runner who was thrilled to crack the 8:00/mile barrier for 5K this past fall.
23:10 is 7:28 pace.
Am I capable of that?
At 1 mile I saw 7:33, and I though I’d better reign it in a tad. But it’s a 5K, so I just kept pushing as hard as I could without blowing up.
At 2 miles I saw 15:03 and realized I had a shot at a PR. Could I hold this pace?
At 3 miles I didn’t see a split. I just saw that next person in front of me, who I was going to pass.
Apparently I AM capable of running that fast.
And to think I almost didn’t go this morning. I took one look at the frost covered trees and nearly bailed. I decided to go outside and look at the roads. They were mostly clear and salted, plus the temps were mild enough.
1st in my age group, 10th female of 89, and most excitedly – a new PR.
A few observations.
I never realized how critical a decent warmup is to running a 5K. Normally I dawdle around for 1/2 mile and get bored.
Today I did a slow and steady 2.5 before the race. I had promised myself I would do enough miles before/after to reach my 8-9 for the day.
I’ve always thought it seems silly that you’d need to warm up with a run nearly the length of the race, but I can’t argue with results.
On my cool down miles I think I was the only person crazy enough to prolong my entrance inside to the food. But, I did get some pictures of the frosty morning to share.
And ice fishing houses out on the lake…
Today I’m going to own this. Today I ran a pace I didn’t know if I would ever be capable of, and I’m proud – yes, proud.
A few days ago Kathy posted about calling a spade a spade. Quitting the false modesty and skipping the self deprecation.
Her post really hit home. I could follow this with, “I know there will always be faster and slower runners. I know my race time is super insignificant in the scheme of things. Blah, blah, blah.”
But I won’t.
Today I ran well. I’m proud.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Thanks for humoring me yesterday and giving me your thoughts on this race. I now have the confidence boost of being in better shape than I thought, and I logged 8.5 miles in a much more exciting fashion than I otherwise would have.
Thanks readers; you’re the best. 🙂