Monday, August 26, 2013
Over the weekend I ran the DI Dash 5k benefiting Children's Healthcare of America. Despite the very challenging hilly course, I was very excited because I hadn't raced in 3 weeks and I was able to train relatively healthy!
I do say relatively due to the fact that the whole week leading up to the race, I felt like I was slowly catching a cold. My runs were good, but I didn't feel 100%. The night before my race I ended up going to bed at 8:30 because I was so dizzy and light headed. When I arrived to the race the next day, I went to warm up and got very warm in a short amount of time. I knew I wasn't feeling 100%, but my legs felt amazing!
The start of the race was very fast. Many people to my surprise went flying past me, but I remained calm and after the first quarter mile or so, I was already passing people back. My first mile registered at 7:15. Normally that would be way too fast for me to start off at, but to my surprise, I felt really comfortable. At the mile marker I had also passed up to the point where I was in first in the female category. I tried to keep my pace up going up the long steep hills. The idea of winning first overall female plagued my mind as I was starting to feel fatigue on the hills. At the mile 2 marker, my combined time was 15min (making my mile 2 a 7:45...a few sec slower than what I needed to PR) and I was starting to feel myself slow. Not to mention, a female runner passed me at the mile 2 marker. She was looking strong and I stayed with her for a little bit, but was unable to hang. She slowly got away from me. The last mile was the most hilly and I did my best just to keep pace up and not get passed anymore. The finish was all uphill and I crossed the 3 mile marker at 23:35. If I was going to PR, I needed to finished the last .1 miles in 23 seconds. Unfortunately, it took me 35 seconds and I came in at 24:10. It was a personal best for the season even though it wasn't an all time PR. I was little disappointed that I was so close to being the 1st female finisher and PRing, but 2nd female finisher is pretty good too!
The next day I had the most miserable long run. Sometimes it is hard to race as much as I do and train for a marathon. It was only a 12 mile day and yet I cramped the entire time. I believe I really missed something with my nutrition this past week. I worked really really hard and I think I just refueled wrong. I graze throughout the day, but I don't think it is enough some days! I just know that based on how my body felt all week long, that I got to do better!
Today is a rest day/chiropractor visit. And as far as my week goes, it is relatively low miles until my next long run which is 18miles on sunday. This will be my longest run to date and hopefully I will take care of my body better this week and have a more enjoyable long run. I read an article that stated that weak core muscles could be a key reason for stomach cramps so I plan to add 3 small core workouts a week (15 min a piece). My next race is in two weeks so I have a little more time to train again. This next course I struggle with quite a bit even though it is not as hilly as the one I ran this past weekend. I hope to conquer it in a couple weeks!
DI DASH 5k RACE SPLITS:
mile 1: 7:15 min
mile 2: 7:45 min
mile 3: 8:35 min
last .1 miles: :35 sec
Not the kind of splits I like to see, especially mile 3, but I am working so hard and I know it will improve!