As I mentioned earlier this week (and on ALL of my social media sites as I was deliriously excited due to a lack of oxygen post-race LOL), I ran a spur-of-the-moment 5k on Saturday morning and set a PR!
PR= Personal record, for all you non-fitness/running folks. <– I used to be one of you so I like to explain the terminology in order to keep you from wondering what the heck I’m talking about.
Before I talk about the race, let me clarify one thing… I am not a naturally fast human being. If I’m being honest, I’m not even a natural runner. It takes a lot (A LOT) of mental focus and self-pep talks to get one foot in front of the other. I’m not one of those people who has been running their entire life. Heck, if anyone I knew before the age of 24 knew I was now a personal trainer and a runner and actually enjoyed working out, they might think the world was ending ;)
I think oftentimes we read race stories online and brush it off thinking, “Oh, they’re naturally fast” or “Running just comes easy to them so, sure, they say it was difficult but it was just another day for that runner” when in all actuality, those runners busted their behinds to get where they’re at today! I’m guilty of thinking that way while reading running blogs. Sure, some people are faster than others but they still work pretty darn hard to get there.
Phew, now that I got all of that off of my chest, let’s chat the 5k race!
I knew about the race approximately one week prior to the event – my BODYPUMP friend invited me to run with her and her school (the race supported local schools) – but decided to hold off on registering until the day prior since my ankle was feeling wonky after my Thanksgiving Day run. Thankfully, the random pain healed itself and I decided to run the race late Friday afternoon! I wined it up to ease my nerves ;)
My morning, pre-race timetable was slightly different than normal (thanks to Dean) – I woke up, pumped, fed Dean, chugged some Spark and took my Catalyst and then I was out the door at 7:12am (yes, exactly), to meet my friends at the Y for the race!
We walked to the start line, made a beeline for the bathroom, and got in line approximately 3 minutes before start time. I normally don’t like to cut it that close but it was a “fun” run so I tried to keep calm and not freak out while telling everyone we need to walk faster ;) #typearacerprobs
The race was not chip timed, unfortunately, so I used my MapMyRun app and hit “start” as soon as I crossed the start line, hoping it would be fairly accurate.
About a half mile in I was shocked to see the pace time on MapMyRun… 7-something! I felt great so I decided to try to maintain that pace as long as I could. I was passing fellow runners and kept my eye on a speedy guy in front of me to keep me going. There were quite a few tight turns in the course – which I intentionally took slow in order to avoid twisting anything, but thankfully they didn’t slow me down.
In addition to the weather, another great thing about Florida is that it is FLAT. I don’t think there was a single elevation change the entire course!
I kept checking my pace throughout the race (I have a bad habit of doing that which is why I hate running with a Garmin or a phone app on race day – it becomes obsessive and I check far too often.) and I was sticking to my 7-something pace.
The race ended on the high school track and once we turned the final corner, I hit a wall. I was deaddddd. A runner who had already finished and was cheering us on from the sidelines must have seen the exhaustion in my face and he ran the last 1/8 of a mile with me, pushing me to the end.
As I crossed the finish line – wanting to die but making sure to hit stop on MapMyRun #priorities – I saw my time 23:04. SAY WHAT?
I don’t run this fast. This can’t be right. Oh my gosh, I might be having a heart attack. I can’t breathe. These metals are pretty. Need water now. Holy crap that was hard. How did I do that? I need to take a selfie to document this. And screen shot MapMyRun… a few times, just in case. I’m doing BODYPUMP after this? I may actually be insane. <– Everything that ran through my mind the 60 seconds post-race.
Had I run exactly 3.1 miles (per the 5k standard race distance), I think I would have come in just under 23 minutes for the race!
My previous PR was the Magnificent Mile 5k I ran in Chicago over Labor Day weekend where I finished in 25:15. I cut OVER 2 minutes off of my race time this past weekend – craziness!
I always remember how much fun races are after running a great event. I have my eye on a half marathon in January… stay tuned ;)