Going into the 5 by the 5th race series my goal was to improve a bit each month. I’ve been doing great, running each run faster, and while I knew that breaking 45:15 this month would be really pushing it I had faith I could do it if only by a second or two. (I’ve always been a 10min. mile girl so I would really be busting it.) So how did this happen?Exactly 8 minutes slower than my last virtual 5! Secret – I planned it!
My leg has been really acting up the last two weeks and I am in a bit of pain.
The faster I run the more it hurts.
I realized that these 5 by the 5th races are not my top priority – the Country Music Marathon is goal number 1 and I won’t do anything to jeopardize that.
However, in truth I am actually really proud of this run for other reasons having nothing to do with speed. I woke up at 5:00am on my spring break instead of relaxing and ran the entire thing in the pitch dark (it was the only time I had). I also really listened to my body and ran at a slower speed where my leg hurt much less.
This run taught me even more about my running priorities-
– realizing what is most important to me (my marathon)
– being willing to change and adapt
– realizing it is okay not to reach every goal
– focusing on keeping my body healthy
5 by the 5th – Race 1 Recap – January
5 mile total = 47.57 total
Average per mile = 9:35 pace
5 by the 5th – Race 2 Recap – February
5 mile total = 47:00 total
Average per mile = 9:23 pace
5 by the 5th – Race 3 Recap – March
5 mile total = 45:15 total
Average per mile = 9:03 pace
5 by the 5th – Race 4 Recap – April
5 mile total = 53:15 total
Average per mile = 10:39 pace
Have you ever chosen to give up on or alter a goal? Why?
How did that make you feel?
While I am sad I was not healthy enough to try and beat my 5 by the 5th virtual race record, I am happy I made the decision not to shoot for a quicker run and risk further injury.