Another late running post— like the one I posted earlier this week.
But again- same thing. I like being able to easily go back and search for them.
Jingle Bell 5k Run- December
This story starts way back in the summer when we were still spending our evenings at the baseball fields.
As your family grows and get busier with activities you tend to hang out with the parents of your kids friends. That’s just what happened this summer. My little boys baseball team had a great group of parents who have continued to talk and check in on each other even after the season ended.
At one of our little mom “get togethers” we talked about running a race together.
I told one of the moms I would do it and only sign up if she sent me a picture of her confirmation first! I wanted to make sure she was really “in” on this thing. As soon as she did I went straight to the website and signed myself up as well.
It is hard for me to run December races, because there is always so much going on in December!
But I signed up and was committed!
I had been on a “rest” from training since the Spa Running Festival run. I was getting in my miles to prepare for the Jingle Bell Run, but I was not doing speedwork that would leave you really prepared for a 5k run.
So the day of the race, I didn’t really expect much from myself. I had two goals–
- Have fun with my friend and enjoy the day together!
- Try not to run too fast at the beginning that I was left with nothing at the end.
My downfall in all races is that I start out WAY TOO FAST and then at the end I am really struggling. Mentally, at the end I am good to go and really wanting to go fast, but there is just nothing left in the tank due to my poor start out.
So, this race was just a “fun run” and I wanted to use it as a test.
So, I set my watch to make sure that I didn’t go too fast.
It was hard! Because I had so much energy at the start of the race, but forced myself to go slower. There were several people passing me during the entire first mile, but I was determined to test out my strategy and stick with staying on pace for the first 1 1/2 miles.
I really wanted to negative split the race.
Long story short —- IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!
By mile 2, I had the watch set to quicken the pace a bit, and all the people who were flying by me during mile 1 were out of gas at mile 2 and I went by.
Mile 3- the goal was just to go. Give it everything I had left. I was ready! But, then I turned a corner and saw a big huge hill for the finish. I ran the hill well, but my mile 3 was not faster than mile 2. Oops.
Oh well- after I got over the hill, I still had plenty of energy to kick it in gear and sprint to the finish line.
I felt better after that 5k than I have in any other 5k I’ve ran this year.
I think it had a lot to do with resting, not overtraining, and starting out the race at a slower pace. (Not to mention– the awesome weather in December!!!!! I raced in a tank and shorts and it was PERFECT WEATHER!)
My finish time was 21:46 with a average pace of 7 min./ mile.
I ended up being 2nd female overall.
So the two goals I set out for the day were accomplished! I had fun with my friend and we treated ourselves to Olive Garden afterwards. In my opinion— the post race meal is one of the best parts about racing! hahahahah AND— I didn’t start out too fast!
I would love to have an under 7 min average mile time for a 5k this year!