Ever have a race that mentally takes a toll on you? Well, this was the one.
I find each race to be a unique and challenging experience. When I completed the Bellevue Rec Center 5K race on Saturday I was really disappointed in myself. But as the day wore on I began to realize I shouldn’t beat myself up. Looking back I am now “OK” with my results. And I’m trying to toss away all those “and, ifs and buts” that try to run through my head.
Official Time: 29:17
Age Group (25 to 29): 5/7
Overall Placing: 62/101
-Got to race with my husband and his cousin, and we also had some family spectators.
-The race T-shirt may actually fit me this time.
-Enjoyed the small-town race atmosphere. Ie. No chip timing, but everyone cheering you on.
-I completed the race, pushed myself for a great 1-mile and 2-mile pace. And I garnered my second best 5K time to date.
-The heat started to get to me and I think that’s what led to my demise on this race. It wasn’t as bad as my New Haven race two weeks ago, but I could feel my head getting closer to exploding from the heat. Never good.
-Mile 3 was rough. Walked 2x and that’s what really hurt my time. I was on pace to PR but then worried I was overheating and chose to slow it down instead of passing out on the roadway.
-At the 1-mile marker my time was 9:05! At the 2-mile marker my time was 18:22. So you can do the math and see that it then took me nearly 11 minutes to complete the final 1.1-miles. I pushed myself hard and after the first two miles I felt like I was going to PR. Then when the heat caught up with me I mentally blew it. I guess we all live and learn.
I was beating myself up over my time until my husband pointed out that I was only 33-seconds slower than my PR. So really was it that bad? No. I just like to make it sound worse than it was. However, had I tied with my PR — I would have placed 3rd in my age group — garnering myself a plaque.
Mental note there for next year.
I’ll take this race as a learning experience. I need to work on my speed work and mental attitude during the race. I’ll be eager to take on this same race a year from now. I’ll be coming back for more.