This morning was the River City 5K in North Little Rock, Arkansas! And now, I will tell you how it went.
As you know, I had my eyes set on ANYTHING under 25:00. If my watch said 24:59, I would have been excited. Even if I just PR’d by a second, I would have felt successful. But I learned a valuable lesson today…you can’t always PR! There are always X number of factors involved on race day that you have no control over. But, there are also always X number of factors involved that you DO have control over, and hopefully, the stars will align and all of those factors will produce the result you’re trying for! Today though, it just didn’t happen. Poop. I know. Bummer. But I tried, and I still hit my second best time, which I will still count as a success!
The factors I had control over I NAILED. I was well hydrated, I had a potassium filled breakfast so my foot didn’t cramp, I had a few sips of Gatorade, 3 Clif Shot Bloks (because I love them and they’ve turned into a tradition, AND some extra carbs & potassium won’t hurt!), I foam rolled last night and this morning, and I knew the course was flat as a pancake! Wham bam done. In theory this should have been my best 5K yet!
The factors I didn’t have control over were today’s weather (which really was perfect, but still pretty toasty and there were a few long stretches of the course in the sun), how much energy I had when I woke up this morning (didn’t sleep well last night), and how my stomach would feel after running in the heat.
Adam didn’t go with me this time because he had his heart set on going to one of the Farmer’s Markets in LR and then right after went to help some friends move into their new house. I told him this time he could have a pass on his bag-man duties. The race started at 7:30, so I got there about 10 after and met up with some friends from church who also ran it. We made one last pit-stop, got our timing chips, then headed to the start line. The starting line was a pretty long walk from the parking lot, so I thought that was odd, and they didn’t have a mat at the starting line either (for the chip timing) so I kind of feel like the chip timing was pointless in that sense. BUT we got to the start, split up, and then the littlest lady with a megaphone yelled 3-2-1! and we were off!
The first mile of the race was almost completely shaded so I felt GREAT!! But when I looked at my watch when it beeped at the one mile mark, I knew I had gone out too fast when it said 7:45. I told myself to slow down, and to just hold that pace and I would be good. I slowed down more than I wanted, but knew that if I held that pace I could still PR. Mile 2 was 8:28. But then I don’t know what happened! I don’t know if I got too hot, or if the long stretch right in the middle in the sun got to me, or if the quick water I took at the halfway point was what made my stomach hurt, or if I just gave up mentally. Probably a small combination of all of the above! I knew I still had plenty of time to make it, but I let my mind play a trick on me and I think that’s why I missed the mark. At mile ~2.40 you can see the rest of the course and that it makes a huge loop around these soccer fields and back to the finish line. For some reason it just looked SO MUCH FURTHER than what I thought was left, that I psyched myself out and knew I wasn’t going to PR. Then once I hit mile 3 and saw 25:05 tick by I knew it wasn’t happening. Boo! Mile 3 was 8:40 and the .1 I’m not sure of because I forgot to turn my watch off.
All in all though, I still stayed in the 25’s and got my second best time! You win some, you lose some!! And it was still fun, so that’s all that matters 🙂 The course was really pretty too! It was through Burns Park, and then mostly stayed on the River Trail through the trees. I would definitely run the course again!
My final time was 25:33 but I placed first in my age group. Works for me! The age division awards were dog tags…like military dog tag looking necklaces, and the overall awards were SWEET BOBBLE HEADS! I was secretly hoping I would acquire a bobble head, but alas I had only earned a dog tag. Whomp whomp.
I will fess up though. Last night we had friends over and I MAY have consumed one too many slices of pizza. And other things one should not eat the night before a race. So *maybe* that had something to do with it too. HA.
When I got home and walked into the house I saw some beautiful wild flowers on my kitchen table and the sweetest note! Adam is a keeper. Apparently farmer’s markets have THE BEST flowers 🙂
I will leave you with some of the saddest pictures of our dog that have ever been taken. I’m even more convinced she’s a cartoon character living in a dog’s body. What a mess!
And now that you’re in the dog mood, you should probably check out this you tube video. It will make your day, I promise!
Enjoy the weekend!!!
Have you ever been disappointed with how a race turned out? Does your dog also look like a cartoon character??