The Bandidos 15k turned out so wonderfully. The course was beautiful and everything went so smoothly. It was AMAZING to see so many guys and gals in pink compression socks. I know Sally was up there smirking at those fellas in pink!
I woke up Saturday morning ready to rock. I had on my pink compression socks and huggers to honor Sally. I knew I had to run for her. I was feeling awesome!
This race was the first time EVER I was to race without a watch. I was just supposed to compete. Apparently I am not very competitive because I totally biffed on this race. It sounds silly, but I have not even looked at the results yet because I am super embarrassed about my time. I was supposed to reach the 5k @ 17:50. Ummm…yeah, I reached it at 18:20 and it was the stinkin’ downhill part!!! Ugh. I was feeling like total s&*! and was going to just call it a day at the 5k, but my friend Don was there and I knew he would have totally given it to me, so I soldiered on.
I was looking for any opportunity to stop. I seriously have no idea what my problem was. I was a mental freakshow. I could feel myself slowing, but had no clue what my pace was. I reached the 10k and then just decided to buck up and finish no matter how slow my time was. I couldn’t quit the race, there was nothing physically wrong with me. I had to finish. So I ended up finishing in 59:47(!!!!!!) 5 whole minutes off of my goal time. Mama Mia.
But you learn something from every race. This is what I have learned:
1. I need to grow more of a competitive spine. Donovan says I am competitive in workouts, but I need to carry that over to competition. I need to start going for it more.
2. I need to either wear a watch (I super love you Garmin) or practice more without a watch. I am clueless on pacing. (insert Charlie Sheen “duh”)
3. Must get back to rolling, visualization every evening. No excuses.
The Ugly: (well, at least the truth 🙂 )
My goal is readjusted for Carlsbad. Sub 17 :00 isn’t quite yet in the cards for me. I just want to run a fast race. I feel like I am starting to get into a cycle of wanting to race right away again after a bad race to ‘prove’ myself. I need to start giving it my all the first time around.
I am feeling a little better about it. I know we all have our dog days, but 5 minutes….really? Started to swim a little bit to work on my breathing and I have to take off a few of the red wine pounds. 🙂 I will bounce back, and I know I have it in me. My best races are not over.
I got a nice little pick-me-up on my doorstep today, 2 awards from PF Changs RNR Arizona. One for being the 2nd Maricopa County Female and one for coming in 5th place female overall. Pretty cool. I needed that today.