Tuesday, September 10, 2013
So a quick update of my continued random bad luck. In a month period I've had food poisoning, shingles and a stomach bug at the same time, and now a horse fly bite that has left me with an allergic reaction and a welt the size of softball!
That being said, I had a 5k race this past weekend. The night before was the first night where I felt good from my shingles/stomach bug mess. I made a night of decision to race. Of course I woke up at 4am and I think my body wanted to get rid of the last bit of illness as I spent the next two hours with very very bad stomach issues. But being stubborn as I am, I was still going to race.
As I warmed up, I felt awful. I knew I was dehydrated from my stomach issues so I did the best I could to take in some electrolytes before the race. I was a little nervous as well because I usually take a day off before a race, but I didn't know if I was really going to race and ended up doing a 2 a day the day before. To my advantage, I read an article about focusing on breathing through your lower stomach to avoid cramps. It really worked on my test run the day before and I was excited to try it in race situation.
At the start of the race I remained very calm and made sure I focused on lower stomach breathing. I felt very relaxed though my legs already felt toast and I knew this wasn't going to be the best run ever. When I got to the first mile, the lady read my split at 7:15, but my watch said 7:45 which was a little irritating. I ignore the person reading 2 mile splits because I didn't like the fact that they were off. The amazing thing is, the hills that normally slow me down didn't phase. In addition, on this course I always start cramping about 1 mile to go. I got to that point and realized I didn't have any sign of cramping.
About .6 miles to go, I did start feeling very sick to my stomach. Probably from all the issues before the race. That being said, still no cramps and I found myself sprinting to the finish. My time was 24:48. Normally I would not be happy with that time because I am better than a 24 minute 5ker, but under a lot of circumstances, I just haven't proved it in races yet. But here is why I am happy:
1) NO CRAMPS! Cramps have been the reason on several occasions why I haven't PRed and why I haven't broken out of the 24min range.
2) I was extremely relaxed. I kept my breathing so in control and didn't have any panic moments like I normally do.
3) I didn't collapse after the race. I was able to walk it off. I am usually in such agonizing pain from cramps and so forth.
4) My time put my average mile pace at 7:59. With my first mile being 7:45, this means my splits were VERY consistent which is something I always strive for.
5) This course is always a struggle for me and even though this is not my fastest time for the year by a good bit, this is my fastest time for this course and I did it after being sick all week and that very morning AND after doing a two a day the day before. (TAKE THAT RUN-ON SENTENCE!!)
And 6) I got 2nd in my age group!! The last two races of this series (on the same course) I got 3rd place. So I will take the improvement with 2nd!
This weekend I have a race on a course that I have never raced on before. I am very excited about this because most of my races fall on the same 2 courses. ALSO, this course is flat and fast! All of my other races have had hills. This is a good chance for me to PR.
This week I had 2-3 group runs. I may have one tonight, haven't figured out if I want to go home and get it done early or do the group run. I haven't seen the BF much and he is home early tonight! Then tomorrow morning is speed workout at a track and thursday evening is a crossfit hill repeat challenge!