July 4, 2016
Baytown Bud Heat wave 5 miler
Placed 2nd overall female
Time: 33:16 (pace 6:39)
I truly thought I was ready for this race!! I had some solid training runs going into it but not much training in the heat and that hurt me!! I went out holding goal pace of 6:15 with the first mile in 6:14. Then I slipped! The course didn’t offer much shade and as each mile passed it began to wear on me! My splits were (6:14, 6:31, 6:36, 6:41, and 6:57) I caught a really bad side cramp with a half mile left and almost had to walk! It was a true shuffle into the finish line! Looking back I lacked confidence going into this race. I think that happens when you haven’t raced in awhile which is why racing is important. I held back when I shouldn’t have and allowed myself to get inside my head too much on the run. We all have those moments when we tell ourselves we are better than this and to run harder as well as moments when we feel sorry for ourselves and allow the stuff that hurts to sink in! I allowed the negative thoughts! For laughs, during my pitty party I grabbed a cup of what I thought was water and poured it over my head only to realize after it was Gatorade. It was both refreshing and sticky! At the end of the day this was a less than I had hoped for race but it showed me a weakness (heat) and gave me that drive to want to work harder!
Pre race nerves!!
Best part: received my first check!!! I won $100 dollars for finishing as 2nd overall female! My husband biked!
Worst part: The heat and I had some sickness earlier that week. The cramp the last mile also sucked!!!