Today’s Race Tried to Kick My Butt – But I WON!

Hello! First of all, I apologize for not posting anything yesterday. It was the first day I have not posted since May 1. I just ran out of time and ideas. But lots to talk about today.

We did the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 4K today. It was dedicated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Since it is for Kay, it was a 4K. Get it? Anyways, 4K is 2.5 miles instead of the 3.1 miles that is a 5K.

Me in front of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Me in front of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Love the Balloons!
Love the Balloons!

It was a beautiful morning, but already hot and humid. I learned a very important lesson – sleeveless shirts at races in the summer – even that early in the morning. I was already uncomfortable before we even started. I hate being hot.

The race started and we took off. My goal for today was to finish in 40 minutes which is a 16 minute mile. I took off pretty fast (for me). About 1/2 mile in, I was regretting that decision. I was fading quickly. I have been walking this distance for some time, so I was quite frustrated with myself.

I turned my music up and kept walking. I decided it didn’t matter if people passed me, that I at least needed to finish. Yes, I was worried I might not finish.

I drank the water at the water station – thank goodness they had one. I have since bought a CamelBak bottle and will not do races without it. I just kept trudging along – and feeling slower and slower.

My left hip has been bothering me for weeks and it began acting up. I was not a happy camper. The last stretch of this race included a rather long, steep hill – this is Tennessee after all. I just wanted it to be over.

I finished. With a new personal record. See my stats:

Over 4.0 MPH
Over 4.0 MPH
Look at that first mile!
Look at that first mile!

My goal was 16 minute miles and I finished with under 15 minute miles. WOOHOO!!! No wonder I got so tired and sore so quickly, my body is not used to that pace.

Needless to say, I am thrilled with my time. I learned a lot during this race that I think will help me over the summer as I continue to do 5Ks.

What did you do today? What race tips do you have?

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