Yesterday was the St. Patty’s Day 5-miler. Goal: finish in under 40 minutes. Result: 39:24!
Friday I had my pre-race pep talk from the Coach. We talked about strategy, (this course was out and back, downhill out and uphill back), pacing, and how the workouts I’ve been doing should mean that finishing in under 40 was, as the Coach likes to so-often say, “a no-brainer.”
The race went pretty much like we planned. I held back in mile 1 (the downhill) and everything felt easy breezy. There was some uphill business thrown in along the way, and I did just what Coach said on those–let the pace relax a little, run into the hill, recover coming back down. The only thing we couldn’t have planned for were the FOUR water hazards that required coming to a complete stop to go around (also ankle-deep mud. Yay.) Obviously getting through those areas was quite a cluster since it was single-file, but I tried my best to keep moving.
Coming up the last hill (the one that felt so wonderful on the way out) I reached a place mentally where I was almost ready to throw in the towel. My heart rate was near its max, and I felt like I was barely moving. I just kept pushing, and suddenly the ground started to level out, my pace dropped, and I could see the finish. I looked at my Garmin and realized I was going to get there in time, and ran like hell for the line.
This wasn’t an A race, but man do I feel good about this. We set a goal, I worked for it, and I made it. I’m right where I need to be in pursuit of my 1:47 half next month.
My sister-in-law Megan and her friend Liz ran the 5k that followed my race, and I ended up tagging along to help pace/babble encouraging things. We picked a goal out of the air at the starting line (to finish in under 28 minutes) and Megan nailed it!
Did I mention Megan has totally caught the bug and joined her HS track team? Cause she did.
My friend and coworker Randee also ran in the 5k yesterday, and it was her first race EVER! So proud of her!
After it was all over I met up with some other runners/friends at the awards ceremony and had my free beer! Wait, back up, first I went home and washed the mud off my feet and legs, put on dry shoes, THEN went to have my free beer. Overall, a really fun day.
My first triathlon is on Saturday (OMG HOLD ME SOB!) and I’m actually not nervous about it…that should tell you how bad of a swimmer I am. It’s all indoor–a 10 minute swim, 30 minute spin, 20 minutes on the treadmill. I don’t believe that I’ve ever swam for 10 minutes continuously, so this should be good. My only expectation for the day is to not drown though, so hopefully I’m not disappointed : )