At the last minute I decided to run in a local 5k, the Jingle Bell run. It was something I had checked out before and was eager to take part in although I wasn’t sure that I would be able to participate due to my recent injury. I waited until the day before the race to make my decision. Once I remembered that the race benefited Arthritis, I knew I had to do it!
I was going to run no matter what, and on top of that, I wanted to set a new PR! It was my goal to achieve my best time ever, regardless of how much I was hurting. Isn’t that always easier said than done? It’s so easy to say, “no matter what, I am going to run my ass off!” But sometimes, it’s just not that easy.
We managed to make it downtown (Baltimore), find parking, and get into the building with ten minutes to spare. I jumped into the line for the restroom with hopes of getting through the quickly. I was wearing a borrowed watch that was set just five minutes fast. So when the clock said I had about three minutes until the race start time of nine, I was less concerned than I normally would have been.
Someone walked by and said we still had ten minutes, so I thought, “maybe they are starting the race a little bit later”. Still, I had the inkling to jump out of line and get to the starting line. I never had pushed my time this close before, but decided to take my chances. After all, I never heard an announcement made for the race start. Would I though? I was inside an arena and the race start was outside.
To get to the starting line, we had to exit through the loading ramp out of the back of the venue, and walk around to the front of the building. When I turned the corner to make my way around the side towards the starting line, I noticed there was no line.
I looked at my watch and it said that it was now ten after nine. Anotherwards, it was really five after. I began to run towards the “race starts here sign” and realized I could barely even see the last of the runners about a quarter of a mile ahead of me.
I was late!! I started late and to make mattters worse, this race was not a chip timed race, agh! For those that don’t know, many races provide chips which you thread through your shoelaces. They record your actual start time as you pass the starting line and do the same as you pass the finish line. Therefor calculating your “actual” running time.
This race had no chip, so my time would be a total of my finish time minus the actual race start time.
While my goal was to set a new PR, I was quickly discouraged by my late start. Once I realized how far behind I was, I took off running. I was pulling through the walkers and weaving in and out of the slower runners. It was strange to be passing so many people, and not something I was really used to.
My groin muscle started aching, so I tried to adjust accordingly. I wanted to set a record, but thought it was out of reach. No use in further injuring myself with an important half marathong coming up!
Most of the race I slowed my pace and speed up in intervals. Once I came up to my threee mile marker, I started to go full force, but in the end, slowed my pace back down.
Once I crossed the finish line, I was waiting to turn in my number when I overheard the person in front of me say, it’s 9:33, what?! No way, it’s only 9:33! I went over to my mom who was watching my son and when I told her I got off to a late start she said, “when I saw you come in, my phone said 9:33.” Okay, how was this even possible?
Normally, I would be upset by that time, but being as though I started late, I was shocked in a great way. According to the official times, I came in at 34:26. Officially, this is my worst time yet, but I know better. I started five minutes late and came in at 34:26, so my actual race time was 29:26, my best time yet and a new personal record!!!!
But me being me, I am still disappointed, it’s not official, so it doesn’t really count right? What if it was really nine after, not ten after and I misread the time? On another note, I started out last-very last, and came in 414th place of 878! That means I passed more than half the people in the race during my run. Wow!! I am super surprised and have to say, a little more happy with my final outcome.
I’m not going to fret over the race, I know what happend and have learned a valueable lesson. So to my next 5K I say, “bring it on”!
Until then, onto my half marathon training….
Happy Training!by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet
A few weeks ago, Groupon offered an amazing deal for a high-end local gym. $25 for 30 days and it’s usually $100 a month! I snatched up that deal fast!
My plan was to wait until about a month before the race to start using my 30 membership and that way I could train more precisely. With the spring weather, it’s often hit or miss.
At the beginning of week nine of my training, I checked the weather out and it was scheduled to rain the entire week! Usually I would skip a day of running if needed, but going every two days was far less training than I need and I certainly couldn’t miss a week!
I decided to start using my groupon and since the gym had some issues activating it, I got a few extra days in for free! So my 30 day membership will expire about a week before my race.
I’ve got to say, I’m really happy I started my training outdoors. For me, the treadmill seems so much easier than running outside. The treadmill pulls your foot back rather than having to force yourself forward as you would running on land.
I do really enjoy the treadmill though. All of my stats are recorded for me and I feel as though I have much more control. I can fix my run to be any type I want and I can watch tv while doing so!
I am also LOVING the use of a gym and am already dreading the day my membership will end *tear*.
Yesterday’s run consisted of a 2 minute warmup walk, a 32 minute run, and a 2 minute cool down walk for a total of 36 minutes. My total distance was 3.3 miles. So my distance is down .1 from my last run but my time is down by 3 minutes!
I really feel like yesterday was my best run yet. For the first time I actually felt like a runner. Up recently running always felt like a huge effort in an attempt to propel my body forward. This time I felt the natural spring in my step, making it seemingly effortless to launch ahead. Don’t get me wrong, there is still work involved, just in a more comfortable way. By the end of the run, it was as if someone had dumped a bucket of water over my head I was so drenched. It felt great! I absolutely LOVE running and foresee it in my future for many years to come. I would love to run a 5K when I’m 70, any takers?by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet
I have completed my nine weeks of 5K training! It really is an unbelievable feeling, I can’t wait to see how amazing I feel once I finish my first 5K! Week nine training was the follow:
Approx 5 minute warmup walk
30 minute run
Approx 5 minute cooldown walk
For a total of 39:59 and a total distance of 3.4 miles!
3.4 miles was the final distance on day 3 of week 9. My week started out on day 1 with a distance of 3.1.
Today I started training on my own (without the couch 2 5K program) and decided to shorten my warmup walk time. My run went as follows:
2 minute warmup walk
32 minute run
5 minute cooldown walk
Total time of 39 minutes with a total distance of 3.44miles! I managed to add time to my run, shorten the total time, and increase my total distance! Yay me….haha
I really am so amazed at how well the program worked and really recommend it for those that wish to take up running and are beginners.
Until next time…by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet