This past weekend, Tim, Dad and myself ran the Deborah 5k. In the midst of moving, we decided to sign up for a 5k…because why not?
The evening before I had to work late. Our family ended up going to the Metro Diner but not eating until 9pm. Most people know, I normally eat around 5-6pm. I was starving and eating late was not great for the race. I went to bed stuffed and I woke up…stuffed. This is important because I felt terrible at the start of the race. I almost never have diet and nutrition issues for running but I was not feeling good at the start.
I did a 3 mile warmup and lined up at the start. There was a local cross country team with 15 boys too who were running too. They all invaded the line. I stood a few rows back with Tim. It was really foggy out.
The air siren went and off we went. I didn’t feel great. I started as third women overall. The first mile felt extremely long. I estimated I was going about 6:30 pace but much to my surprise my watch beeped a 6:09 first mil. It was extremely motivating because last time I felt like that awful I ran a personal worst.
During the second mile, we ran into fog and on back roads. I couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of me. I ran with a couple of the cross country kids. I could feel them starting to fade while I felt decent. I passed a couple of them and by the end of the second mile I found myself running with a pack of two guys. We hit the second mile at 6:21.
The third mile weaved back towards the start. There were more turns and elevation changes. One of the local kids passed me again. We also passed two shoes that appeared to have been kicked off by one of the leaders. The third mile went by pretty quickly and by the time I knew it we were heading into the finishers shoot. I felt the effects of the meal beforehand and ran the third mile in 6:45.
I crossed the finish line in 20:07 and as 1st female overall. Later on we learned the male had lost one shoe during the race so just decided to kick off the other and ran the last mile barefoot!
It was a really motivational run for me because I did not feel good at all yet was able to run a 20:07. That is a good time for me right now. It definitely shows I’m progressing in the right direction.
Questions for you:
What time do you normally eat dinner?
Would you kick off your shoes in a race?
No, my shoes have come untied a few times during races and I’ve always stopped and tied them.