Well I sucked it up and did a 🦃 Trot today. I can’t even explain to you how nervous I get on these short ones, it’s kind of ridiculous. I went to bed early last night thinking I was getting the same cold that my son and hubby have, but woke up this morning feeling normal. I actually wonder if I was feeling sick because I was nervous about running fast. It’s actually embarrassing that I work myself up so much about these little, fun races, but I don’t know how to chill. I’d seriously rather run a marathon 🤪. Anyway, here are the positives and negatives of today’s race:
➕I ran the course 45 seconds faster than last year (exact same course)
➕This was a 5K PR for me
➕This is a legit course- with 100 feet of elevation gain in the 2nd mile alone. So not an easy 5K by any means.
➕I dressed appropriately- not 🥵 or too 🥶 •
➕I saw our neighbors and got to chat with them, and met a guy at the start line that chatted me up and did some stretches with me (plus he was an executive chef in Boulder- which is super interesting to me, with my love of food!)
➕Usually my whole family comes and hangs out with me, but this year no one was up for it, and I showed up anyway!
➕I didn’t ever give up, even though I really really wanted to
➕My first mile was exactly where I wanted it to be
➖I didn’t have the kick I usually have at the end of a race- I was about 10 seconds slower than I thought I could be on the 3rd mile
➖A guy in a double stroller passed me at the end 😫
➖I had a lot of negative thoughts before and during the race
➖My coach wanted me about 15 seconds faster overall
➖I felt way too peppy on my cool down miles, I should have been more tired
➖My half marathon pace a couple of weeks ago was faster per mile 🤷🏻♀️
So, I’m not actually sure if I’m happy or sad about this one. All I know is that each race teaches us different things and I’ll use these lessons to be stronger next time!
2.5 up, 3.1 race, 3 down= 8.6 miles for the day