Fab 40’s is the race I’ve been training for, for the past 2 months. I wanted a new 5k PR today, and I am a little disappointed to say it didn’t happen. Not only did it not happen, I was pretty far from my goal and far from my current 5k PR. But life goes on, the world is still turning, but I am a little bummed.
My goal going in was 21:00 – 22:00 minutes. The first half of the race I was on pace for a 21:30 finish, but the second half of the race got me. It was hot and hilly and I am just not where I need to be (training-wise). This whole round of training I felt good, strong and these past few weeks I’ve been feeling fast again. I really thought I was going to perform well at this race – which is very subjective. I see this race as a pretty bad performance, however there are things to take into account:
- It was hot
- It was hilly
- I haven’t raced in over a year
- I am coming off of 3 different injuries (plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and some shit going on with my hamstring/glute that I don’t remember the name of)
Not that I am trying to make excuses, these are just things that I look at if race doesn’t turn out the way I had planned. I look for the why and try to learn from that. I also know that my fueling as been pretty bad. I eat well, but I have realized within the last few weeks that I don’t eat until I start getting a headache and my stomach is growling. I know this is terrible for recovery, especially with how active I am. This definitely has to be affecting my recovery and performance and I’m going to really start trying to be prepared with my fuel. The plus side is, I eat pretty well; I just need to eat before I feel like I am going to pass out!
I chose the Fab 40s as my goal race because it is 2 days after my birthday, it is in my neighborhood and it is for a really great cause. Perhaps it was a bit too ambitious of me to try to PR a Summer race that is hilly 😉
Even though I was far (far, far, far…) from my goal I still placed in my age group. 3rd place, which also kinda bummed me out. I am ALWAYS 3rd.
More importantly than any PR or age group award, is that I ran this race and had positive thoughts the whole time. Which I think is a first for me. Not once did I think, “fuck this” or “why do I sign up for these things” or tell myself I wasn’t doing a good job. For real, this was the first race (race, not run – difference being: racing a race vs running a race) where I didn’t think anything negative. When you’re struggling during a race, there is nothing worse than shit talking about yourself. I’m pretty proud of my accomplishment today – not shit talking about myself 😂 When it got hard I kept thinking of Theresa. Her husband spoke a few words before we all started the race and it was very touching. As I’ve said before, I didn’t know Theresa well, but my experience with her was enough to know she is the epitome of what I love about the running community; the comradery
Next up I am going to be training for my first half marathon of the year, and my first half marathon in over a year (damn!). I am definitely nervous about this, I haven’t run more than 10 miles since December of 2016. But I know where I can make improvements and that is a good place to start. I’ll probably also be looking for a Fall 5k to race, since there are no marathons in my future. I have to say, I am really liking this whole short distance running. It is a whole new challenge for me. And while I miss my long runs, seeing the city, running along the American River and covering miles and miles of Sacramento, I think this is a good change for me.
Happy running, everyone!