I was planning on running the fourth race in this series a lot like I did race number 3 just the week before. I had no time goal in mind and just wanted to take it easy for a few reasons. Mainly, the fact that the day before had been leg day at Orange Theory Fitness and my glute muscles were on fire and I knew I had to wake up the next morning (in less than 12 hours) and do my 10 mile long run before jumping in a car to Asheville, NC. I knew really pushing it would not only kill my tired glutes, but also my long run the next morning so my only plan was to enjoy the run.
I took off and ran mile one by feel without really looking at my watch. I kind of expected it to be right at an 11:00 minute/mile like it was last week so I was really surprised when my watch beeped and I had finished mile 1 in 10:14. Hmmmm….. sore glutes, 10 miles tomorrow, then a car ride to a weekend hiking trip – Should I slow down? I decided to just continue running by feel and seeing how my body would hold up. Beep. Suddenly mile 2 was done in 9:46. I usually get about 30 seconds faster each mile on 5Ks naturally because I worked on it so much last summer. I start to wonder if I maybe could pick it up enough to run a sub30. Wait, what happened to nice and slow with no goals?
I was doing well for the first half of mile three; However, somewhere in the back stretch my glutes finally decide they were DONE. I pushed and pushed, but I just had nothing left at all. I knew my legs are spent, because I couldn’t even pick it up when I saw the finish line. Final time, my Garmin beeps in at 30:20 and about a 9:55 per mile average.
Even though I did not hit break the 30 minute 5K I thought I had for a second there (I’ve done it already in this series so that is okay) I am really happy with my time since I had planned on taking this race slow and easy.
Let me know –
Do you have any races this summer?
I have one race left in this 5K series and then the Dirt Dash Half in August, after that I am done with summer racing.