I’m a bit sore today, but yesterday’s race went better than I had expected it to! I PR’ed on both the 5 and 10K, so I’m pretty excited for myself, to be honest. It was a nice day out, which was a bonus. No rain and a high of 10C (50F) which was perfect. The sun was even out right at the start, but it went back behind the clouds after a few minutes.
I started off pretty quickly, which I always seem to do. Anxiety and adrenaline, I suppose. At one point I looked down at my watch and it had me at a 9’45” minute mile; unheard of for me. Only recently have I started to flirt with mile times in the 11 minute zone, so I was confused/concerned and dialed it back down a notch.
Mile 1 time: 11’03”
I was surprised at the time, but went with it. I was passing people which I never do, but it was crowded from where I was in the back middle, I would say. I didn’t want to make it harder on myself and end up back with the walkers. I felt pretty good; my knee didn’t hurt, so I just kept on.
Mile 2 time: 11’41”
What? 2 miles in a row in the 11 minute range was a first. I tried to calm down and keep my breathing even. I felt like it got chilly, and I wished I had remembered to use my inhaler before I left. Oops. When I saw the time on my watch and the 5k mile marker, I picked up the pace and landed the 5k in the 36 minutes and change range. My best 5k was somewhere around 42 minutes the last I checked so I was very excited and pleased. sub 35 here I come!
Mile 3 time: 12’29”
This was the first lap, and this was where I started to get a bit tired. I was glad of the water station; I grabbed 2 cups and walked quickly through and started back up. Of course this was when my knee started aching, and I was mildly annoyed by it. But I kept on. I thought about how it was nice out and hummed along to my playlist. This was when I took my first walking break of about 15 seconds.
Mile 4 time: 12’53”
This was where I slowed down. I had to stop for almost a minute trying to fix my knee brace; it just made me more irritated. So I pulled it off and kept on. I ended up walking for 10-20 seconds a few times, but tried to keep my pace up as much as I could, but I knew my knee was holding me back. My own fault. I NEED to remember to stretch more frequently and consistently!
Mile 5 time: 13’30”
I knew this was the last mile and that all I had to do was get through it. I felt like I had run more, and by my watch I was at like 5 miles 30, so I knew it was getting close to the end. I was excited because I knew how what my old PR was and I knew I was going to beat it (1:28), but by how much was the question.
Once I got up to the last stretch, I gave it everything I had left and just ran as fast as I could. I was excited and pleased. For some reason my dream time was 1:18 (not sure why that time was in my mind) but I was so excited when I crossed and that was the time. So happy new PR for me! And by 10 minutes! 🙂 (Although technically it would be even greater than that, as my watch showed me having run 6.33 miles.)
Mile 6 time: 12’38”
last bit and change 11’54”
Time on my watch at finish (and on crossing) 1:18:20
After, I collected my goodie bag, downed my water, and went to meet Steph at St. Enoch. We went for coffee and then headed back home after a stop at Lush for a bath bomb.
I’m not terribly sore today, although I did pull a muscle in my left glute, but it’s feeling much better today after 2 hot baths, stretching, hot water bottles and plenty of Tiger Balm and a good night’s sleep. I have a sports massage scheduled for Thursday and I can’t wait.
Tomorrow I plan to go out for a few miles and see how I feel. Gorgeous weather here right now, so how can I not?
Total run mileage and steps from yesterday:
Now I need to decide what I’m going to do next and also make sure I start stretching and foam rolling after every run!