If you’re keeping track, it’s been 3 weeks since my last post. I know consistency isn’t my strongest asset, however, this gap was mostly due to an internet outage at our apartment. Thankfully, after many long, internet-less days, we are back to being connected to the rest of the world.
So, now it’s time to catch up.
I’m a few weeks into half-marathon training now and still going strong. I’ve been very relaxed about this training cycle and just enjoying the ability to run, along with my GPP training. I’m also still teaching spinning once a week, which makes every week a pretty active week.
The second big thing I’ve not blogged about yet is a race. On July 4, I ran my first race in 1.5 years. It was a completely spur of the moment decision and just sounded fun.
It was Ann Arbor’s annual Firecracker 5K race and my first 5K in three years.
My goal was to run a sub-26:00, which would knock my previous PR way out off the water by over 3 minutes. Race day made me very nervous (I am not much of a racer), despite knowing that I was almost guaranteed a PR unless something went really wrong. My previous 5K PR was 29:04 and I knew that it wouldn’t take much to beat that since I have been running 8:30 miles easily for many months now.
The race course was extremely boring—two loops passing through the starting line and then a loop back to finish. Unfortunately both of the loops around the starting line came with a hill, which I wasn’t well prepared for. I gave everything I had, though, and did my best to not let the people around me get in my head and cause me to panic.
I ended up pulling off a 25:24 (official) PR and feeling damn proud.
3 things I learned from this experience:
1. I am stronger than I think. I was doubtful I would be able to beat my previous (non-official) PR of 26:27. But I did. By over a minute.
2. I still hate racing. I love having something to train for—a specific date I need to be prepared for—but the actual event… hate it. Stressful. Lots of (self-induced) pressure. Too many people!
3. I can’t wait to see what I can do on a flat course. Can’t wait. Bet I could hit 24:XX.