Early morning before the race start
I ran two 5Ks over this thanksgiving holiday. I have been wanting to work on my speed since July (before, I was a happy 10min/mile jogger). My very first 5K, I ran 2 months after I started running, didn’t know what pacing means, have absolutely no clue what to do with a race bib or timing chip, I finished in 28:xx.
Fast forward to today, after doing two 10ks, 5 half marathons including hilly Nike and hilly US Half, I run a stinky 27:xx 5k ( they didn’t record my starting chip time, so gun time was 27:55), but honestly, I wasn’t all that far from the start line, at most 15 sec. I had a cold, but I am not gonna lie, I don’t think it affected me at all, it wasn’t that bad. If anyone read my earlier goal post, my goal is to do a sub 25 5k in 2012, just HOW IN THE HELL WOULD THAT HAPPEN?
Have you ever felt really defeated at a race, you don’t even want to look at your splits, the result? Oh, not to mention that this is the 2nd time in a row that I’m #4 in my AG, and no, there are more than 4 people running, :)
I wish I can make excuses. I was sick, course was tough, it was hot, I had side stiches, my knee was killing me.,..but you know what, I had none of those, I had a cold, but I don’t think that affected me much.
I need to do something about my training. Maybe really stick with a training plan? Increase mileage? (I really only run 2-3 times a week no more than 15miles a week unless I have a race coming up then I’ll throw in a 10 miler. I’m lucky that I can run 10 or 12 miles even with 0 running for a awhile and not die, but why am I so slow?
5Ks are suppose to hurt, or so I’ve told. But mine didn’t hurt, at all. Is it because I didn’t try hard enough? I’m afraid of pushing too hard? I shouldn’t worry about that because I know I will finish 5k no matter what, crawl if I have to. Then what is it?
I started Sesa’s couch to 5K earlier but stopped doing it because of travel, family emergencies, and I can resume that. perhaps that can get me to sub25?