Just finished my third 5k of the year and my February Monthly 5k. I notice I’m getting more comfortable showing up to the races. I’m still slow AF, but I’m more confident getting to the locations, parking and getting to the starting line. I actually feel like I belong there.
This run, I just found out, is 3.32 Miles instead of the 3.1 Miles a true 5k is and I definitely felt it. I’m still waiting for my official time, but my stopwatch said about 57:00 Minutes.
I was severely in my head during this race. I could feel the blister forming in the arch of my foot, I could feel every rub of my Achilles tendon on the back of my shoes. I really noticed how badly my brain wanted me to quit. I refused to quit. I just kept walking and even jogging at different parts (even if it was for a few steps).
- I need new shoes.
My shoes are old and just need to be retired. My goal is to purchase some new shoes and get my feet feeling right during these races.
- The course was longer than 3.1.
I wish I would have paid attention to the distance of the course, I really want apples to apples results and it’s not going to happen with this race.
- I overslept.
I got nervous about oversleeping, so I stayed up later and not only got less sleep but actually overslept. I made it in enough time, but I don’t like that added stress the morning of a run.
- It was a gorgeous day.
The sun was out, it was maybe 68 degrees. Seriously couldn’t ask for a better day. I did get a bit of sun on my forehead. I swear it doesn’t matter what I do . . . 😀
- I jogged at different places in the race.
The last two races I’ve just jogged the beginning of the race and walked the rest. This one I jogged the beginning, some of the flats, and all of the downhills.
- I finished.
This always excites me. Because I get so in my head, I always wonder if I will actually ever make it to the finish line. But I do. And I’m damn proud of myself.
They say your mind will quit a thousand times before your body ever does. That was so true this race. I need to learn how to turn my mind off and just go go go.
On to March!