Tonight I ran the Jackson Night Glow 5K. It was a well organized race and our race bibs even had our names on them! I was decked out with glow sticks everywhere…necklace, bracelets, and even on my shoes! It was a fun atmosphere and two of my C25K trainees (Laurie & Faith) were running their first race!!
I am slightly disappointed in my time of 28:50 (just because I know I can do better), but I am learning that all courses are not created equal! I can’t expect to run the same pace in completely different conditions. Each race is so different. This course was a little more hilly than some and running at night is a totally different experience. I started running at 9:30pm! I would normally be curled up on the couch at that time of night!
I’m also remembering that summer races are way different too! I can’t believe what a difference humidity plays. I don’t really like cold weather but when I run in heat and humidity, I wish for 50 degree temps. So I guess I need to get re-conditioned for the summer season.
My other big struggle is controlling my pace. I start out thinking I need to push myself and see what I can do, but then I realize I can’t maintain that pace for three miles! My first mile was around 8 minutes which is really fast for me! My average pace is 9:30-10 minutes per mile. So I forced myself to slow down on mile 2 but I only slowed to 9:30. I tried to pick it up again in mile 3 but my legs were tired by that time. If I could have just run a 9 minute mile all three miles, my overall time would have been faster! I know this! I taught my C25K trainees to run slow and steady, but then I didn’t heed my own advice! This is the second race in a row that I have done this.
It just goes to show that each race is another learning experience. Just like they say at WW – it’s feedback, not failure!! Just keep going and try to do your best. Learn from your mistakes and try to improve next time around. But just keep running!