Boy is that title a mouthful? I gave up trying to shorten it…
I decided to do this cross country 5k race on a whim (Saturday June 30). I had never run on this course before, but I know it’s pretty big course in our area…so why not? I’m also training for cross country races so not doing it would be silly. So I woke up at 6am and headed to the race. Dad was away on business so I personally have to navigate over there solo (isn’t that scary…I get lost everytime I drive somewhere new).
But I made it with an hour to spare. I went and signed up for the race and then went on a 30 minute warmup. Do you know why I went on a 30 minute warmup?
Because none of my friends were there and I had an hour to kill. That and I know I race better with longer warmups. So warmup I went. I knew my legs were a big sluggish but it happens.
I got back to the starting line with about 15 minutes to spare and kinda shot the breeze with some people (finally friends!). Then we were off. I was advised to wear my spikes, but I never realized what an actual cross country course it was. I figured it was dirt trails and that was that. Oh no-it was a serious cross country course with hills and uneven terrain..all that jazz. I felt like last September/October back in college…oh wait…it has hosted college races!
I started out somewhere between 15-20th place. I could see the entire field infront of me were relatively young males. High school boys. (oh goodie…). So I started picking them off…one by one…by one…by one…
Around mile 2, it became super hot but we were in a field. I just kinda trecked along. I got into a pace that was comfortable. Probably too comfortable. We looped around the spectators (which was motivating) and finished the last .5 of the mile up and around a hill.
The last .5 seemed pretty long but maybe it was because I was tired and it was hot and humid. I powered through the last .1 per usual and finished the race in 20:21 and 7th overall.
I was hoping to be a bit faster since my goal time for collegiate is 18:35 for 5k. The heat isn’t really something to take lightly and I also have had a very productive training week which also played a roll.
I did manage to get first female overall, and they gave a medal. The man said “I don’t know how you run so fast with such a big head” Joking (I think) as the medal wouldn’t go over my pony tail.
Question for you: Do you like running on trails, uncleared grass, track, road, treadmill, trampolines, pools…
I’m learning to love running on uncleared grass and try and do at least 2-3 runs weekly on it to prepare for cross country.