It seems when I have a lot to write about is when I feel like blogging least.
I don’t get the need to post about every mundane detail of my life, because, really, with my schedule I have a lot of free time that is spent cleaning or watching Les Mis (for the 3rd time) or yelling at the dogs to stop wrestling. I also don’t understand the “I must go do something so I can blog about it” mentality that some people seem to have, either. I don’t live to blog or blog to live, I just like to write. Sometimes.
Anyway a month ago now (holy time flew by) I ran the NYC Half Marathon.
I had hoped for a PR, and considering how well my training had been going I thought it was a sure thing. However I underestimated how hilly Central Park is (Harlem Hill is EVIL) and by 16km my legs just said “Nope” and my brain couldn’t talk them out of it. My time ended up being exactly 2 minutes slower than my first half marathon, which all things considered isn’t that bad. I also ran the first 15-16km straight without any walk breaks, which I have never, ever done before. So that in itself was a HUGE accomplishment.
Still, I felt a little disappointed in myself that I couldn’t push harder at the end when things got tough.
This past weekend I ran the 5K at Harry’s Spring Run Off in Toronto.
It is the first race in the Canada Running Series in the Toronto area for 2013. Now, they warn you about the hill at the end (which, quite frankly, was way WORSE than Harlem Hill) but neglected to mention that most of the course was rolling hills . My legs were shot from earlier in the week and felt dead from the get go, and since I don’t usually push hard in my training my brain panicked again and I had to walk. In a stupid 5K. I ended up with a PR regardless but I KNOW I could have gone faster if I could just shut my brain up, or shut it down, or just RUN.
My next race is the Toronto Yonge Street 10K on April 21 (the second race in the Canada Running Series). I was invited earlier this year to be a Digital Champion for this race, which has been a really neat experience. I did get a free race entry but I have also been able to connect with a lot of like minded people in the GTA and help build up some hype for this awesome race!
My goal for the 10K is to have FUN. I need to take the pressure off myself with this stupid PR business and to just run my own race. I also need to practice getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, if that makes any sense. So I won’t be out there just trotting along, but I want to go into this race with no time expectations beyond not finishing dead last. I’m going to enjoy the moment and run the kilometre that I’m in instead of worrying about the kilometres behind me or the ones to come.
Anyway enough of my rambling for tonight, and I promise to not take such a long break again. I’m starting a new strength program next week and I’m excited to tell you guys all about it!
Tell me: How do you deal with being uncomfortable during a race?