Last week I ran a memorial 5k. The 5k was in memory for a man who was killed overseas while fighting in the war. Both my husband and I wanted to do the race because it was a topic that hit close to home. It was awesome because there were so many service members running the race as well.
The race started at nine which is a little later than I would have preferred. We arrived at the race around 8 and signed up in the VFW. On a random note, last week my husband and I were numbers 311 and 312 and this week we were numbers 313 and 314. In all of my racing I have had 1-2 repeats. Anyways, after signing up, we warmed up along the water
Immediately during warm-up, I could tell how windy the race was going to be. While I didn’t feel like I could PR, I was feeling decent after a hard week of running. You can’t control the weather, and there was no point in dwelling on bad conditions.
We lined up at the start at 9 am. The race was delayed due to longer than anticipated speeches, and we were off by 9:15. At the beginning of the race, I found myself as second women overall and 10-15th person. I recognized the first place women whom I knew was fast. I just focused on my race. During the first mile, I felt decent. I didn’t feel fantastic but I didn’t feel awful. I could feel a little less pep in my legs due to my workout the Wednesday before. I hit the first mile in 6:05.
We turned around during mile 2, and I immediately felt 30 MPH wind. I knew mile 2 would be extremely challenging both mentally and physically. To be honest, it was one of the hardest miles I’ve run in a while. I was running in a dead zone with no one around me. I struggled to make it through mile 2, and I was hard on myself. I was pleasantly surprised when my watch beeped 6:19 because to be honest I wouldn’t have been surprised if it beeped 7 minutes.
Going into the third mile, I saw one person who was about 30 seconds in front of me. At that point of the race, I just wanted it to be done. My goal was to finish around 19:30. Mentally I’ve decided that 19:30 is a solid effort pace for me when I’m untapered. Previously I was consistently running between 20-20:30. Untapered and with the wind, I should be able to do 19:30. The wind made it hard to gain any speed, but I powered through as best as I could. I finished the last mile in 6:15.
I crossed the finish line in 19:30 and 2nd women overall.
I know I wasn’t in PR condition because of tired legs, but I do know I was in low 19 conditions (since I ran a 19:00 minute 5k the next day). It was a good workout, and it will help me reach my goals. I realized how much I don’t like windy races though.
Questions for you:
How do you mark progress?