I was a little paranoid driving the hour away, as the previous weekend, we had unfortunately hit a deer...not seeing it until it was too late. :-( So I kept looking everywhere to make sure it didn't happen again. We arrived at the race, gathered our race kit, and then did a small warm up.
|Obviously taken after the race|
I was all smiles before the race started, seeing some familiar faces and wishing everyone luck.
We lined up and were off right on time....have I said how much I like that in a race??? I wasn't really sure how this race was going to go. A...my tummy and B...I had literally run nothing in two weeks...I mean...I don't think I had even put my sneakers on. I lined up by the 30 minute pace bunny, just hoping to keep them behind of me. My first kilometer came in at 5.22...I was like...whoa...that is faster than my others in prior races. I knew the course was fairly flat so I might be able to push it a bit. Around the 2km mark, I looked at my watch and it said 5:15...and that's when I felt a bit of unease...and then I kind of had an epiphany...I was putting my own fear in my head of 'I can't keep this pace'. Until I had looked at my watch, I had felt pretty good while running...no shortness of breath...just about right. The minute I looked at my watch and saw my pace, I thought "I can't maintain this" and the unease started. At that moment I said "No!!! Stop convincing yourself you can't do this pace...you can! Don't look at your watch the rest of the race...just push yourself...be comfortable with being uncomfortable for the next 2.5k...you can do this." And you know what?? It worked...as I came into the finish line, I could see the clock and was pretty sure that I had set a seasons best. I stopped my watch at exactly 5k and it read 26.04!! I am inching oh so close to that 25.59 mark!!!
|Anyone else just want to collapse after a race?|
|That's right...age class 40-49!!|
|photo credit: Bob MacEachern|
This race ends the 'planned' race season for me. Now time to maintain and build over the winter months. I say planned as you never know what last minute decisions I'll make. LOL