Today is a day to celebrate! First, and foremost, it is my birthday! And second, I earned another PR in the Dolittle Marathon 5k this morning! 00:23:59!
I ran the Brewers Mini Marathon 5k a few weeks ago, and was very happy with a PR performance at that race as well, but knew I could have done better. I had to make a potty stop in the middle of the race which cost precious seconds. I have to say I felt less prepared for this race, and possibly more nervous. I was going for another PR and didn’t have the confidence that it would happen today. (I guess that’s half of the fun though!). Given the crazy weather this week I was thrilled when they announced the race start time would be moved up an hour. It was supposed to be over 90 degrees today and humid! Very unexpected for a Wisconsin Fall!
This race started out very similar to the last. At the first mile mark I looked at my watch and saw 7:35. My pace target was more in the 8:00/mile range. Last race when I saw I was going too fast, I slowed down a bit. This time I thought, “I wonder what would happen if I just kept going?” So I did! I felt good, so I thought I would just try and keep a faster pace. There was another runner in front of me that had a nice long stride, and it reminded me to focus on my stride and use my arms when I was feeling tired.
The one thing missing today was my cheering section. My husband and the kids stayed home this morning to do some work on the house. We are re-doing our master bathroom and kitchen, so my husband and father-in-law started the demo this morning. However, a friend ran the race with me this morning and her husband and son came to watch and cheer along the race route!
The last mile of the course I could definitely feel the heat and humidity and was so thankful that I wasn’t running a longer distance today. Then I saw the finish line; another runner was closing in, and passed me. I thought I could catch her, and I tried, but didn’t have enough gas left in the tank. I gave it all I had to cross the finish line and had to use the side fences to hold myself up as I tried to catch my breath… and contemplated if I was going to puke or not, haha. Thankfully I didn’t.
Once the race results were posted I almost cried when I saw my time! My goal time was sub 25:00. I had no idea I was capable of running a sub 24:00! I didn’t even notice that I had placed first in my age group, so that was an extra amazing surprise and my first “place” medal!
I waited till I got home to check my mile splits on my Milestone Pod. I was curious to see if I was able to keep the faster pace or if my mile splits would be slower with each mile. Each mile was slightly slower than the last, but that just means I have something to focus on next time! I have to credit a lot of my success this Summer to my Pod. The stats that it tracks during each run are amazing and really allowed me to push myself and stay accountable. I will have to do a full post on it soon, because I think everyone should have one!
This Summer has started, or maybe I should say continued, an awesome journey in fitness for me. I am feeling more like the athlete I used to be. I forgot what it felt like to have that drive and that goal that you can’t stop thinking about. It is addicting! I ran a half marathon many years ago, but aside from that was never a distance runner. I played other competitive sports and was a sprinter and high jumper. Distance running is such a great challenge both mentally and physically and I look forward to more races! The last month or two especially, there has been this little voice inside my mind that keeps saying “I wonder what else I can do?” My goals and dreams are getting bigger and it’s so scary and exciting at the same time. I forget who it was that said “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough”. Well here it goes, onward and upward! Who is coming with me?