Every race is an opportunity!
Before the race, Coach Matt and I worked out a plan that basically boiled down to racing my fellow runners and using that momentum to get to the finish line as fast as possible. I liked this plan a lot - mainly because it would allow me to be free of my watch and keep my focus on effort and pushing myself to the limit the entire race. There's nothing I dislike more than having to monitor my splits each mile to see if I'm going too fast or too slow. Often - at least for me - the best pace is the one that feels right in the moment, no matter what the watch says!
So I lined up near the front and told myself this is going to be fun :) And then we started to run! As expected, pretty much every moment of this race felt incredibly hard. I actually don't remember much that happened except that I started much faster than I normally do, managed to chase down one girl around the mile 1 marker and from that point was just trying to catch the 2nd female who was not too far ahead of me. But the pain. I couldn't catch my breath and my legs were on fire, but I wouldn't let myself slow down or let up because I really thought I could catch up. She got away in the end but I was still pleased with how I did and thought I followed the plan from Coach Matt pretty well! Also ... the results!
Time: 19:40 - new PR!
Pace: 6:20 min/mile
Gender Place: 3rd Female
AG Place: 2nd AG
I couldn't believe it when I saw my time. And in all honesty, I still can't really comprehend it. I've even been going around looking for 'evidence' that the course was short because my mind just won't process it. But I haven't found anything and have had a few people tell me I need to stop it and just believe in the result. So ... I guess it's time to have a little more confidence in myself! And just to prove it wasn't a one-time fluke, you better believe my 5k goal for next year will be to run that time again. Or maybe even beat it ;)
My questions for you:
- Have you ever run a PR that you didn't think you deserved?
- Have you ever raced a short course? What were your thoughts if you ran a PR that day?
- A non-running question - What do you love most about fall?
I'm looking forward to apples. Fresh, delicious apples that are perfect in apple crisp or for eating plain - with a side of peanut butter ;)