Sunday, April 13, 2014
My "Declare It Day" goal (Fellow Flowers--awesome mom owned women's racing website) was to do three 5ks in less than 40. Today was #1.
The lead up to today's race, the Gazelle Girl 5k (awesome women's race in west Michigan--the focus is the half marathon but they also have a 5k) was less than stellar. Four main problems: (1) the winter that never ended combined with my fear of walking let alone running on ice; it also made me less than motivated to leave the house in our frequent snow/ice storms to go to the gym to run there; (2) my laziness and lack of motivation; (3) my promotion at work resulting in a major disruption to my whole sense of balance and my inability to shed some other responsibilities to shift the balance back (I can't say no to friends with cancer, seriously, so many people in my life are battling cancer right now it's insane); and (4) battling some pretty nasty arch pain that I was worried would develop into full blown planatar fasciatis and really sideline me.
So, let's just say the training was pretty minimal. Plus I got my fancy new bike this past week and I skipped two planned training runs to go biking. Then, we have had some serious thunderstorms blowing through. At about 5:45 a.m. this morning I was woken up by some serious hail hitting the house. I was working on several reasons to skip this event.
I went and did it anyway. My race was not as good as I hoped when I signed up back in December, but went way better than I had thought it would. My final time was two minutes off my goal time. So I know that with the next race, and proper training, I can make my goal time!
(So now I'm trying to decide on my next race...I'm signed up for one in August but I think I want to get out before that!)