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I finally broke my all time 5k PR...and yet I was still disappointed!

Monday, September 16, 2013

So this past saturday was the Hot Lips Hustle 5k. It was an odd day as it was absolutely freezing. It had been cool some mornings the past week, but not freezing! Initially I was very happy about this until the race got started. No matter how hard I tried, I could not keep my breathing controlled. The cold air just wasn't something my lungs were use to yet.

That being said, I just wasn't very comfortable this race. I had warmed up pretty well, but the race started 5 minutes later than scheduled and my legs got cold again before the race started. My legs just felt weird and my breathing was out of control.

My first miles was at 7:30 which is right where I wanted it to be, but I was struggling bad! To my surprise, my second mile was at 7:00min. I couldn't believe I had that much of a negative split especially considering how bad I was hurting. I knew I was on pace for a PR, but didn't think I would get it because I really started to die.

I finished my 5k is 23:44 which was 12 seconds faster than my all time PR. I really wanted to be happy about that and I am to an extent, but that meant that my last mile was around 9 minutes. That's not good compared to my other two miles. At the same time though, I know it sets me up to PR again in the future. I have no doubt in my capabilities in being a 21-22min 5k runner. This part excites me. All that being said, I got 1st in my age group and was the 5th overall female finisher.

The next day (yesterday), I had my first 20 mile training run. It went very well! I was both mentally and physically strong and I am no longer afraid of my marathon's time limit. I even found a new fueling strategy that I like!

Today is a much needed rest day! I would normally have my weekly chiropractor appointment, but money is just not good right now for it. I don't even know when I will be able to get another one in which is a shame because I've been going every week since May. But if I don't try and save some money now, I won't even be able to afford to run my marathon and that would just kill my spirits!!
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RAINBOWCHOC 9/17/2013 4:11AM

    Congratulations on your great run, sounds like "perfectionism" is creeping in again.......be kind to yourself!

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MARGARITTM 9/16/2013 3:02PM

    Great time on your race.

I DO understand that the "negative splits" just were not happening that day for you. When you do - watch out!

Rejoice in your accomplishment - learn and move forward.

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JEWELS571 9/16/2013 11:47AM

    A PR when you are struggling, I have found, is because you are pushing yourself harder. When I feel like I am dying is when I PR, never fails! That being said, it does take your body, lungs, mind to get around the colder weather. so good job!!!

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