Running For Hardware
Week 1 of the training plan is in the books! I already feel stronger and that much more excited about what the next couple months may bring.
Friday was a rest day, which included falling asleep to a movie at 8:30PM.
Saturday I ran 4 miles in the sweltering heat and managed to clock in an 8:28min/mi pace.
Sunday I ran in a 5K race for Ele's Place in Lansing.
It took some convincing, but Jordan managed to get me to sign-up with him at the last minute. I was tired from Saturday's 4 miler, and Sunday was supposed to be dedicated to cross training or running a few easy miles. But, the next thing I knew I was standing at the starting line and my heart was racing.
The last time I ran a race was my senior year of high school. I ran the Fifth-Third River Bank 10K. I forgot what it was like to be surrounded by runners. Some run for the love of it (like me), others are hungry and race for the hardware (hardware=medals).
My plan for the 5K was to take it easy after running 4 miles the day prior. I wanted to run at a comfortable, yet competitive pace. But, as soon as the gun went off, I threw my race plan out the window. The competitor in me surfaced, and I was running sub 8 minute miles!
I experienced a little of what runners call the "fly and die" after the first mile. "Flying and dying" means that you set out too fast and then have to hold on to dear life for the rest of the workout.
I managed to find strength and speed when Jordan and I crossed paths after the turn around point. More pep was added to my step when Mike Pell (a fellow friend and racer) yelled, "Yeah Jane! Go!"
With less than half a mile to go, I began to speed up. Picking off one runner in front of me at a time, I was ready to be done. Rounding the corner, the finish line was in sight. There was a boy in front of me and I thought to myself, "How awesome would it be to embarrass him right at the finish line by passing him?" So, I started to sprint. Just beginning to pass him, he too began to sprint. He beat me by a step.
Jordan was there waiting for me at the finish line. After waiting for Mike Pell to finish, we headed over to get massages (which was divine) and checked the results.
I was shocked. Posting a time of 24:04, I finished 28th overall among all the women finishers and 4th in my age group! I won myself some hardware (not your traditional medal, a commemorative cup this time).
Shout out to Jordan for snagging a PR (personal record)! He worked hard and posted a time of 20:20.
Monday I took a rest day and my body needed it.
Today it's back to the grind. I started off the day with a 3 miler at 5:00AM. There is something about being an early bird, putting in work, and getting it done.
Yours in running for the hardware,