Before I talk about my race, which I know you all are dying to hear about, let me brag about the RC for a bit.
The RC (real name: Stephanie Rothstein) was top American and 6th overall! She ran a new road 10K PR of 33:04, too, if my sources serve my correctly.
I have no shame and pretty much stalked the RC after race, appointing myself her personal paparazza (feminine, singular form – had to look that up).
Here are some pictures and an interview I caught.
It appears I may become one of “those moms” who documents their child’s entire existence. Well, at least for the first kid…
Anyways, in addition to the RC racing, her RP was out there, too. RP is me, her “running protege.”
To back things up a little, I met with the RC Thursday to discuss goals and potential nail polish choices.
The RC suggested that I change my mindset a little bit from the weekend warrior obsession with the PR to trying making some sort of non-time related goal, to get better at competing, to develop new racing skills, per se. To think like a pro does. In 10Ks in the past, I’ve struggled with a monkey mind in the middle miles (like that alliteration?), particularly having thoughts of “I’m not sure I’m going to make it all 6 miles.”
So, the goals were as follows: 1) to try and surge to 7:20ish pace on the flat part by the reservoir for about a half a mile; 2) to not have thoughts of “I’m not going to make it,” particularly in the 4th mile; 3) to give my best with what I have on that day and to not be upset if I don’t PR, seeing as the weather may preclude that.
I thought the RC’s 1st goal was pretty genius, as I’ve never tried to do something like that before in a race. It sort of sounded fun to me. I wanted to stand up and scream, “YOU’RE A GENIUS” in Starbucks, but I didn’t because my caffeine needs mean I can’t afford to be banned from Starbucks for disturbing the peace.
Anyways, here’s how it went down, Believe I Am Training Journal style:
RACE: Mini 10K, 2012
TIME: 48:17 (7:47/mile) (7:44, 7:31, 7:40, 8:02, 7:43, 7:50, 1:37)
WHAT I LEARNED: Success does not = PR.
WHAT I WOULD HAVE CHANGED: 1) Not being scared to surge in the 4th mile; 2) not second guessing my success the today “since it wasn’t a PR and worse than last month’s 10k”
HOW I WAS BRILLIANT: 1) Much more focused during race, able to focus only on next obstacle/current mile; 2) No thoughts of “I can’t make it”; 3) Gave my best effort on that day, didn’t ever back down; 4) Stellar nail polish choice
48:17 was all I had in me yesterday. I thought I did a good job of racing even though the time doesn’t reflect it, I guess. Mentally, it was much better than Healthy Kidney a month ago and I am proud of that.
Where I do need to improve is on tempo runs. I always stop/take breaks/have meltdowns and, in turn, never complete one continuously. Thus, I don’t really have confidence in my ability to run for > 2-3 miles continuously with “discomfort” seeing as I always stop in the middle, often several times. I’m not physically or mentally calloused to that.
I also chickened out on that whole “surging” thing. Sure it sounded fun in theory, but when the time rolled around, I wasn’t so confident in my ability to do it without compromising my pace thereafter.
So, I’ve gotten a bit better at racing, but there are things to work on! Tempos and surging! Not that I’m surging away from anyone, it could just be a fun little mid-race challenge.
Finally, for the record, I love having my Erica Sara “the mind is the athlete” on, a good reminder all around. The mind really is the athlete – determines how you approach your training, racing, and what you define as success.
TELL ME: RACE THIS WEEKEND? HOW’D IT GO? HOW DID YOU DEFINE YOUR SUCCESS?
Until next time…