Jingle Bell 5k
A lot of "fun-runners" at this event, so if you intend to PR, you have to inch your way to the very front, elite-style. Sharon was looking to PR too, so we pushed through the crowds to make our way to the frontlines. Let's do this.
Adam's goal for me was 8:15s which would put me at 25:35ish for a 5k course. My PR, set just last month was 26:10. My secret, but insane goal, was to eek out a 24:59, but realism told me I wasn't quite ready for that.
First mile in, I realize it's too dark to see my Garmin. Ugh. I don't have enough energy to be pressing buttons, so I just settle in and GO! Didn't have much choice, but I went out a little fast and by mile 2, I was hurting. Mile 2 was pure misery. It hurt, my stomach hurt, my lungs hurt... and I wasn't even halfway there. But I just kept moving the legs. Mile 2 was a definite slow down, so when I hit the last mile, I tried to pick it up some, but just couldn't pick it up much. I do a little better in mile 3 because I can count down to when it'll be over and the pain will end!!! I see the finish, and I try to kick it up, but there isn't much kick left. But I push through that finish line, stop my Garmin, and, per my usual post puke-pace-5k, I lie down on the grass to catch my breath and cough up a lung! I actually recovered surprisingly fast this time...
Here's what Elaine caught of me sprinting towards the finish line... I'm the bright reflection in the middle of the photo... it's perfectly clear, right??? Ha ha ha. Action shots at night are a little tough.
Finish time: 25:14 - Average pace 8:08. I immediately texted Coach Adam and said "Holy smokes that hurt!!!!!!!" I don't think I've ever run that hard, and I'm not really sure how I kept my gargantuan legs underneath me. I'll take that 56 second PR less than a month after I set the last PR. Yes, please. I'll take it... I was pretty proud of myself for once. I'm one of those that will nitpick my performance and how I could do better, but I can honestly say, I had nothing more to give that day, no matter how I would've run it.