I needed my 5K sugar fix so I jumped in a local (TN, that is) 5K yesterday. It was for my sister’s pharmacy school so how could I not support?!
In my last 5K, I started out a bit too conservatively and at the finish felt very controlled. My “goal” was to not to start out controlled…to go out harder and see what happens.
So, I ended up taking the first mile out a bit too hard [for me] in 6:50. Good news: That’s the first time I’ve ever run a 6:xx mile in a race. Bad news: Like I said, first time I’ve ever run a 6:xx in a race, which means it probably shouldn’t have been the first mile of any race for me (unless its a 1 mile race).
In the end, I finished in 22:44, the exact same time as my 5K a few weeks ago. To say I slowed down after that first mile is an understatement.
However, I didn’t really mind. I wanted to go out hard and I took my self imposed directions very literally. I was happy to “make a different mistake.”
So, if I started out too slow in one 5K, and too fast the next, then the next 5K should be just right, right?!
I think this is one of the reasons I really like 5Ks…I think the strategy requires a bit more precision, but, in the end, even if you start out too fast (or too slow) you know you will still live to see the end fairly soon (or speed up to make up some time). I like the challenge of trying to get that strategy right, too [yet, I guess this argument could apply to the marathon, too.]
And, hey, you like 5Ks? Wanna run a “virtual” 5K? Benefit a good cause?
Then, check out Abby’s “Kick Ass” virtual 5K on April 9 to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
CCFA helps to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis research. Both diseases are forms of inflammatory bowl disease (IBD), which are incurable (unless you have you colon removed, which is what ends up happening for most colitis patients). Patients with IBD have to cope with diarrhea, stomach pain, joint pain, alterations to their diet, skin lesions, fevers, night sweats, ostomy bags…the list goes on. Check out Abby’s blog to read more as well as Ali’s blog.
TELL ME: LOVE OR HATE 5KS? LAST RACE “MISTAKE” YOU MADE? LAST RACE YOU RAN PERFECTLY? KNOW SOMEONE WITH IBD?
Until next time…