Race morning: Ate toast for breakfast and we dropped off Brooke at my really good friend’s house to babysit because Billy was going to help me out the second half of the race. We got to the park about 30 minutes before the race, took a mile warm-up (at a 9 minute mile pace) and then hung out for a while until 9. I still get extremely nervous about races… need to work on that but doing a little warm-up before the race definitely helped my nerves.
I did really like my race bib number.
My thoughts throughout the race.
Mile 1: 6:15. Pace yourself, pace yourself. You don’t want to fly and die. I can’t believe that this whole mile is pretty much in the shade. Hi, big hill… you hurt. Can’t Hold Us is my absolute favorite running song.
Mile 2: 6:13. This still feels somewhat okay. I love running. There’s Billy… wahooo I get my running buddy. Let’s run side by side. I wonder how Brooke is doing. I miss her a lot (I have issues). Um it is starting to get sunny. A little too sunny.
Mile 3: 6:24. Billy, run in front of me so that I can attempt trying to keep up with you because now I am grumpy and feel like I am going to actually die here and now. I hate running.
.1: I have no idea what pace, I am not that good at math but my coach told me to run so fast that I wanted to puke for the last .1 so I did. It hurt. Never running a 5k ever again in my life.
10 minutes post race= Already thinking of my next goal for the 5k and drafting my email to my coach about the next one I want to do that is probably way too soon.
Came home stretched and took an ice bath.
I am super stoked about working with a coach because I am already seeing ginormous benefits from having him. After taking 5 weeks off for my IT band injury he really made sure that I slowly eased back into running and didn’t reinjure myself doing so. I highly recommend getting a coach if you are thinking about it.
(I wear my Garmin 10 to train but I always wear the 305 ((which I have had for 5.5 years now and it still works perfectly)) to race in so I can see my average pace, current pace and distance on one screen when I am running).
After the race yesterday I watched the Prefontaine Classic and they were running the 5000 meters and they just beat my time by a little bit…. they just ran it in 13 minutes and 4 seconds is all.
Anyone run RNR San Diego this morning? The first place half-marathoner came in at 58:41. An average pace of 4:29 per mile.
And a little hello from Brooke because she really likes you guys.
Tell me some of your thoughts during your last race or hard workout?
How do you warm-up before a race?
Pre-race favorite meal?
What have you been up to today?