Running 20-miles last weekend had me feeling confident about my mental game. This weekend at the Optime 5K I scored myself a small PR of about 15 seconds (yay) but realized when it comes to running fast I am completely mentally weak.
It seems to me that the mental fortitude necessary to pull off a long run at an easy pace vs. a short run at a fast pace is really different. At mile 16 when my legs are getting tired and sore I just tell myself to keep moving, that soreness is no big deal and that works.
At mile 2 of a 5K when my face feels like it’s two inches from the sun and my breathing feels really rapid… well that’s just totally different. I guess that’s why I’m not a big fan of speedwork days, but I need to start putting more effort into them.
I ran 12 miles on Saturday so my legs were a little bit tired, but after a small warmup mile (at 13:21 pace) around my neighborhood they were feeling fine.
(Sidenote: Don’t ask me why I did my warmup mile at 5:30am, a full two hours+ before the race. My brain doesn’t function at full capacity before 10am!)
The 5K started (15 minutes late) when the sun was fully up, and I decided my goal for the day would be to get as close to 36 minutes as possible.
I hit the first mile marker at 12:05 and then continued to positive split the rest of the 5K (12:05, 12:33, 12:58). I really need to work on my race day mental game!
If you want to listen to me make an excuse it would be that I was dealing with 100% humidity which is never fun.
I feel like if the weather had been nicer I would have been able to breathe easier. The humidity on top of allergies that have been out of control this past week had my gasping for breath.
Excuses are annoying though, so instead I will just say I am hoping for better conditions this fall/winter because I would really like to run sub-36 … even if it’s 35:59. Coach Lauren says I can make it happen no problem and so far trusting her has worked out really well for me!
The kind of really cool thing about this 5K is that I run/walked a different 5K on this same course about two years ago and it took me OVER 46 minutes on that day! That means I shaved about 8 minutes off my previous course time which feels like some kind of small victory.
The big victory looming ever closer is Portland! I am now less than two weeks away from my first marathon! Adam and I will be heading to Paris and London TOMORROW and then jetting over to the Pacific Northwest for the race.
The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy!
The cat sitter arrives tonight which means this whole whirlwind trip that I’ve been planning for a YEAR is about to get started!
Any recommendations for places we should eat in Paris / London?
What is your favorite “I-refuse-to-slow-down” mantra for race day?