So I haven’t run a 5K in quite some time and it was pretty apparent in my so-called ‘pacing’. It was great weather for a run and the location was great, the race was at a local park where we usually run and train with the team. I warmed up for a mile and felt ready to run. Before I knew it, we were lining up at the start line and I was surprisingly nervous.
I started off WAY, WAY too fast and I felt it for the rest of the race. We wound throughout the park by the time I hit the first mile and heard my split time, I knew that I was going to suffer and I did. After the first mile, I tried to relax and run a more consistent pace, but I was just hurting. My legs were tired from running too fast to begin with and I just focused on my breathing, which was pretty difficult because I was sucking wind. The entire course is on grass and it was easy to run on for my body.
As we started out on mile 2, I told myself it was 2 more miles left and that was it. I tried to push myself along but my whole body felt deflated! My legs were heavy and I just kept thinking about finishing, even though it seemed like it was so far away. We wove in and out throughout the park and finally I saw I was at 2.5 miles. It seemed like a REALLY long race to me at this point. I caught the girl who was just a little bit in front of me and tried my hardest to push myself to the finish line.
B was home that day and actually brought our nicer camera and took some photos! It was nice having him there even though when I saw him, I felt horrible. This last photo was right at 2.5 left and I knew where the finish line was and it seemed so far away, I had no idea how I was going to make it that far. I wanted to stop and walk so bad!
Mary Kate came as well! It was a fun evening even if my butt was cramping the rest of the evening :/ Because I haven’t run a shorter distance like that in a while, I was reminded that it’s so different trying to pace yourself to run ‘fast’ when you’re not used to running that distance. Hopefully I will be a little bit more prepared to run more consistent paces at the next 5K next month!