I am no Carmelita Jeter but there are days, in my head, I feel like I am the fastest woman in the world! That’s when a little cross-country high school girl or some random twelve year old coasts past me and I quickly remember I am a mom_in her 40s_trying to hang on! Yeah, ok…GOT IT! #realitycheck
This weekend I ran in All State’s Hot Chocolate 5K run here in San Diego. I ran this event for the first time last year and really enjoyed the vibe, so I had to do it again. The course is surprisingly hilly but it’s a great run/workout. My plan was to run an 8 minute …maybe a 7:30-7:45 minute mile pace. I wasn’t sure because my daily runs were holding steady at a 8:30 min/mile pace. No faster, no slower. It could be the watch. I mean, I do need a real running watch.
Well, I surprised myself and cleared a 7:11 min/mile pace finishing with a 22:19, my fastest time since late 2016. I was the 7th woman to cross the finish line and 1st in my age division by 2 minutes.
At the start of the race, as soon as the gun went off, the front runners took OFF! For the first 1/2 mile, I was running pretty fast and was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure if I could hold that pace. I wasn’t comfortable AT ALL but I decided, it’s time to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I focused on various people in front of me to keep me going, then C street happened. It went up, leveled out, up again, leveled out and up ONE MORE TIME…UGH! For a few hot seconds, I had to walk up that hill and then I thought to myself, “What the HECK are you doing?…RUNNNN!” So, I did and made it to the top of the hill, rolled back down the hill and prayed for the finish line to be right around the corner. Once I figured out I was almost done, I took off like a bat outta hell. I looked mad-crazy but I finished strong.
After the run, I felt the benefits of all my training because nothing hurt! WHAT?! I recovered quickly and was ready to EAT! I hung out for awhile, saw a few of my running buddies and headed home. That’s when the recovery started. After a nice breakfast, pedicure and momma-daughter time, I took a nice little nap and was ready for a new week!
Running is definitely my happy place and this past weekend, I was VERY happy!
I am in a much better place now than where I was last year. Thank God and thanks to running.