Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Saturday 3/10/18 was the Light the Night 5k in New Smyrna Beach, FL. There's just something about a night race! The lights, the excitement, and just the different way it feels makes me so happy. I look forward to this race all year.
As you remember, I just started my Hanson's Marathon Method plan just last week and racing is not advised this early in training. I did not want to jeopardize my progress but there was also no way I was going to miss one of my favorite events, so I decided to run conservatively and not push myself no matter what. This would also help me practice not going all out in every race. I can run conservatively...right?
Mile 1 6:24
I never checked my watch during the race, so I honestly had no idea how fast/slow I was going. I started with what seemed to be slow pace. I was pretty far behind the leaders right from the start (turns out there were just really fast). This mile felt easy and comfortable at the same time.
Mile 2 6:44
Once again, I thought I was running pretty slow at this point. The leaders were all way ahead of me, and I didn't see anyone close behind. I felt pretty good at the turnaround and knew I could keep up my pace. Saturday was overcast so it made for a darker race than last year (which was really neat).
Mile 3 6:52
After the 2nd mile watch beep, the rest of the race seemed to go by pretty quickly. I guess that's all thanks to running longer distances. It was nice to not feel like dying during the last mile for once.
Mile .10 6:15
When I was finally able to see the clock, I only had less than .05 miles to go or so. Based on my perceived pace I completely expected it to say something like 22-23 minutes. I was beyond shocked to see it read just under 21 minutes. I'm pretty sure I could of sprinted to get under 21 minutes but I was too surprised haha. My time was just over 21 minutes, but the best part was I didn't struggle at all during the race. I promise I did actually hold back.
Once again, I was so surprised/elated to have an easy race. I've been struggling so much recently and my times have been getting worse and worse. I finally ran a race at a comfortable pace and actually had a decent time. This just proves that my training plan is really working. Just a week in and I see improvements, I cannot wait to see what happens next.
↓ Swag ↓
Overall: 9 out of 155
1st Overall Female