Better than expected…

I’m not going to lie.  I was pleasantly surprised by my result yesterday in the Eve Fest 5K.  As slow as my times have been since I started running again, I was certain I would not have a mile under 9 minutes and would be lucky to break 28 minutes.  Now granted, the course was short (3.04) but my time of 24:30 was a pretty big shocker.  And even though it’s 2 minutes off my PR for the distance, I’m not looking at it that way.  This is a positive.  The hill is not as steep as I thought it was.  That’s a good thing.  As for the details, I will bore you with them since there are only 3.  Mile one was 7:58 and felt really good.  Mile two was 8:31 and I have no idea why I slowed down because it didn’t feel like I did.  I think it was a concentration thing.  Mile 3 was a 7:53 and I actually had just a tiny spark of a kick at the end.  Not enough to brag about… but there was something.  I have no idea of my placement and don’t really care.

See, this is why I race.  It has nothing to do with beating anybody.  It gives me a chance to test myself and push myself like nothing else can.  Even when I played baseball, I was always a better game player than I was a practicer.  Not because I slacked off in practice, but because I was working on a skill or a situation, not the whole game.  It’s the same with triathlons/running/etc. now.  When I “train” I’m always working on something.  Fitness, form, technique, strategy… something.  But when I get to the starting line, I can just take it up to as close to redline as possible for as long as possible and test myself.

I didn’t feel much different during the race yesterday than I do during a training run.  I was breathing a little harder but that was all.  I just focused on breathing as hard as I could for as long as I could and pushed myself to keep going.  I had two sub 8 minute (barely) miles.  I haven’t done that in over a year.  Yes, I was breathing hard at the end but recovered fast enough to go out and run another 3 miles before I left.

So next up is a trail race.  I have 24 days to train.  With several opportunities for snow and very cold weather in the next few weeks, that should be a challenge.  But that in itself is a big change in thinking for me.  Two months ago bad weather would have been a deterrent, now it’s just another challenge.

And with that, I leave you with the end of 2013…

Miles

Miles (Photo credit: matley0)

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One Response to Better than expected…

  1. Great job Bob! You put in the work and it’s paying off. Be Proud!

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