An Almost PR + My 5K Strategy

Monday, Monday! Here we go again! Let’s catch up. A couple of posts you might have missed:

Fun at the Tennessee Aquarium
GYPO Spring Style Challenge Week 2 Outfits

Thursday evening hubby and I went walking/running with the munchkin, her mom, and our friend J. Activity is ALWAYS more fun when you have friends around.

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Saturday morning I was scheduled to walk the Dogwood Classic 5K while hubby and our friend J ran it. Let me just say that mentally I came up with every excuse not to do this race. We were supposed to have thunderstorms during it (that was my number 1 reason). I wasn’t feeling all that well (number 2 reason). And there were many others. Needless to say, I still got dressed appropriately for the weather and went. I kept telling myself: if it is raining when the race starts you don’t have to do it. Well, it wasn’t raining when the race started, so off I went.

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I wound up having an official race time of 48:21. That’s my second best time of the year and one of my best races ever. My 5K PR was earlier this year at 47:31 when I walked with hubby.

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Here is the t-shirt we got this year. One of my favorites so far for this race.

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While I didn’t want to do the race, I really felt “on” during the race. My strategy I try to stick to is this:

  • Don’t go out too fast – this can get me in trouble quickly. I try to make sure I get faster each mile.
  • Maintain MY pace. Other walkers ahead of me? That’s ok – I have my own race to finish.
  • Listen to some upbeat music with a good strong beat.
  • Don’t look ahead. I hate hills and hate to see them coming. So I really just look down and 5-10 feet in front of me at all times.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Even though I knew there would be ONE water stop on the course, I carried a small bottle of water with me and drank throughout the race. And I also stopped at the water stop.
  • Give it everything I have that last mile.

What’s your race strategy?

Cheers!

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