26 April 2012
5k, take three.
i was slow. yes, i know you cannot expect to have a better race every single time, but it was disheartening none the less. it was a generally difficult run all around.
first, it was really hot for an april evening. hot enough that i was in shorts and a tech tee and before reaching mile one i wanted to take my shirt off. my feet were also sweating like crazy, which makes me very very grumpy.
second, i was really sore because i over did it during the week. that monday i ran hill repeats as the middle mile of a 3 mile work out and then on wednesday i did 7 miles, with a lot of downhill. (downhill is hard for me, i get scared.) on thursday i could barely lift my legs to get dressed and walking down stairs was a nightmare. i was still sore when i work up on friday, so i knew i was going to suck at the race.
finally, i was running on my new shoes. i like my new shoes, but we are still in our period of adjustment, and the race was only the third time i had worn them. this week i think i have settled into them a bit more and i have been focusing on my running cadence, which has helped me in so many ways, not the least of which is reducing my calf strain. someone has a nasty habit of landing a little too far forward on her foot and this makes for very angry calf muscles when running distances.
tomorrow is the last 5k in the series. they were a useful experience, but i am ready to not spend my friday evenings in crystal city for awhile. i started running as an experiment of sorts, and having a standing date with a race has taken away some of my freedom to play around with the running experiment because i need to save something for fridays. last week when i did the 7 miles, at the end i asked myself.. okay... do you have another 5k in you? the answer was, yes, i could run 10 miles. i have 10 miles on the brain now and i will be glad to have the chance to try it out soon.
at this point i have not signed up for any other races until the fall when i have one 10k on the books. i am very tempted to sign up for one next month in ohio when i am visiting my family. the cleveland marathon, half marathon, and 10k are the weekend i will be home, and that 10k is looking appealing.