aka using my Super Powers to tackle my racing fears!!
I had a big revelation last week that since coming back from my injury at the beginning of this year, I’ve been afraid to race. Afraid of not running as well as I was this time last year, etc. Since I’m racing at least twice in October, I decided I needed to get over this quickly! A quick google search of local races for the weekend found a fun little 5K relatively close to my house on Saturday morning. Perfect.
The weather was as predicted- rainy, but still slightly warm. Not ideal, but honestly, if it’s going to rain, I’d rather it not be chilly and rainy (at least for a short race). I donned my current short obsession, race number and headed west.
I got to the race early, hung out in my car for a few minutes, then decided to head out for some warm up miles. I chose to run part of the course and then around the little shopping center where the start/finish were located. I ended up running into a local elite who was also warming up so I followed his path for a bit. 2.5 miles done at an easy pace pre-race.
When they called for us to line up at the start, I noticed the actual starting chute was narrow- like 5 people across narrow. Good thing the race was small. I still lined up closer to the front than I normally would to avoid bottlenecking. It was chip timed, but I just don’t like the mental battle bottlenecks cause me. I ran into my friend Greg who leads the Lifetime Cycle Club I normally ride with on Saturday mornings. He and I started together and I ran with him until the turnaround at mile 1.5. I ended up passing Greg and running with the “green lantern” (yup, dude in full costume) for a mile or so. When I realized we were getting close to the finish, I coaxed my legs to give just a little more. I kept repeating “this is a 5K- it’s supposed to hurt.” I focused on the finish line – not my form as you can clearly see from the race pics (hips collapse much?).
3.1 miles; 23:21 chip time; 7:26 pace
1st AG/2nd overall female
Not a PR (slower by over a minute), but I didn’t expect it to be. It was a small race so placing was a secret goal.
Greg took pictures when I got my age group tile- he told me AFTER I gave him my phone that he continuously snaps pics then edits later. Good to know, Greg, good to know.
I returned the favor for Greg’s award. I have fast friends.
Toeing the line of a race- check
Running sans my “rabbit” (Batch was out of town)- check
Racing in the rain (nothing against rain, but I loathe wet socks)- check
Warm up/Cool down miles incorporated- check
‘Chicking’ a super hero (green lantern)- check (ok, this wasn’t a fear, but it WAS fun)
Overall, I’m happy with this race, I did what I set out to do, and I had a great time doing it! I ran 2 cool down miles with the local elite I saw warming up- he ran my pace- very kind! We talked previous races- including our love for Eugene. The “awards” ceremony was a little long, but I stuck around in the Luke’s Locker tent chatting with them about running shoes and ant bites. Totally normal TX conversation topics.
Looking forward to racing in October. #GoFastTakeChances—Oiselle