Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Saturday 2/24/18 was the Band on the Run 5k in New Smyrna Beach, FL. This race was super inexpensive when I signed up and benefited a great cause (The New Smyrna Beach High School Barracuda Band).
I may not have been in the best shape, but I also felt like I improved since my last race (which was brutal FYI). I told myself I'd be happy with a race under 21 minutes going into it.
Mile 1 6:24
It was a smaller race (around 250 participants or so) and I was able to line up near the front no problem. There weren't any crowd issues at all so it was smooth sailing right away. I had an okay first mile but knew if I went out too fast right off the bat it would be bad so I held back and tried to just maintain.
Mile 2 6:45
This was a flat, out and back course so after we made the turn it was halfway over. The cool thing about this race was the band had students at the water stops play music for us as we passed. Music always pumps me up.
Mile 3 7:09
At least four people passed me on the last mile (not my finest moment for sure). Sure, I was far from my peak fitness level especially on the endurance side that I know. I also know from a strategic standpoint it's better to start off slower, but I do my best when I can maintain my splits. I have decided to check my pace more often especially during the last mile from now on to stay on track better.
Mile .10 5:59
There you go. My goal is always to be in the 5's for the last .10 mile and I achieved it. Doing this also proved that I had energy left, and the bad 3rd mile was mostly mental. My finish video actually looked strong.
This event had great swag for being a smaller, local race. The shirt was long-sleeve and quite comfy. Local vendors donated raffle items which they picked based on bib numbers. My overall award consisted of a medal, custom mug, and a local running store gift card (pretty impressive I must say). Everyone did a really great job at this 5k, and I was happy to support it.
Overall 9 out of 231
1st Place Overall Female out of 152
Sunday 2/4/18 was the Daytona Beach Half Marathon and Lap the Track 5k at the Daytona Beach Speedway. I just think it's so cool to be able to run on the speedway. The 5k started at 10:30 am because some racers participated in the Speedway Challenge of running both the half marathon and 5k (I was not one of them). I'm not a morning person so this was an ideal time for me. I thought this would be a good race because I had such a good week of training.
I intended to run a really fast first mile (and I thought I did till I saw my time) but that didn't happen and I honestly don't know why. I I just think it was an off day and I have no idea why. The first turn of the speedway was into heavy wind then it settled down.
We can around 2.5 miles on the speedway then the last part in this walkway area outside the speedway. It's normally a nice break, but this day it seemed so difficult because of the heavy wind. I was so tired at this point I slowed down so much and even got passed at this point. This was one of the worst last miles I've ever had. I can only learn from this race. Someday you just are off and have no idea why.
This race always has great shirts and finisher medals for both races. I really appreciate when races offer finisher medals to 5k racers when there is a larger race going on as well. I may have been pretty disappointed with my time, but I know I will improve it with some hard training. Things will get better with hard work. Okay enough of that here's the results.
3rd Overall Female
Overall: 11th out of 1242
So, you started training for your first race. Congratulations! You've done your research and know what to expect on the training side (it will be difficult, you will want to quit, don't add mileage too quickly, etc), but there's more to training that no one seems to mention. So here's a list of stuff no one tells you will happen.
1. You will see every road differently.
Some people see roads just as that, but soon you will start to see every road/trail as an opportunity for running. You will imagine what it would be like to run at these different places too. The world will become a place of endless running possibilities.
2. You will have a ton more laundry
Expect at least a couple more loads of laundry each week filled with just your workout clothes. You will also be amazed by how many workout outfits you go through and how sweaty you can get.
3. You will be sore all the time.
Seriously, everything will hurt especially in the beginning. You will forget what it feels like not to have sore legs. Expect to feel even more pain after an intense workout or race day.
4. You will obsess over it
You will spend your free time reading about running, planning out your racing schedule, and researching the latest and greatest in running gear. Your daydreams will probably be about your next run too.