This ract was definately a mental game. I really think my body was okay but my mind started telling me I couldn't, that I needed to walk and I gave in to my mind. I ended up walking three separate times but honestly I think if I wasn't in as good of shape as I am, that I would have walked way more. I also saw other runners walking and I think that is like permission to walk in my head. It was a hard race in many ways because they started the 5 K people out with the 10 K people and then we headed out and onto the main road while they turned back. It was hard not to get caught up in their speed. I wanted to go faster but kept telling myself that i would pay for it if I did. My first mile was 9:25 which is a wee bit faster than I would have liked. I settled in after that and was able to grab onto someone running my pace so I would slow down. Of course my running buddies were long gone but I knew that would happen and I don't let that bother me. They are both waaaaayyyyy faster than me and I know that. Maybe in flatter 10 K, i would try to keep up but not this one.
The one thing that I need to work on, other than the mental game, is what to do downhill. This race had about a mile down hill on a curvy twisty road and I felt like I spent more energy trying to go slow down hill versus just going. I need to talk to my running coach about this. I was proud to say that I did have enough energy to sprint across the finish line again. The pic of me waving is about the place where you turned to go to the finish. I also passed and stayed ahead of a lady that I am pretty sure was in my age group. I ended up 35th or so in women and 13th in my age group. Not the best time and finish but I am glad I finished and like I said only walked three times. Need to work on my mental game for sure but I feel so much stronger. This next weekend my mileage starts going up on my long runs. Gulp. Putting on my big girl panties and saying hey, it's only a mile more. I never thought I would say the words, "thank god for an easy three", so I will remind myself of that when my mental game kicks in and tells me I can't.
|Standing between two medalists in their age groups! So proud to train with these ladies!|
|Right before I kicked in the jets|
|Turning and burning to the finish line. I am so glad I had enough gas left in the tank!|