This is the first weekend that I have EVER ran two races back to back...wellll...I guess the last time was in college when prelims were on the first day and finals the next, but that was AGES ago! As far as running 5Ks back to back or a 5K and a 10K or 1/2 marathon in one weekend, I always thought that was a bit much. Not anymore.
I think last weekend, after my first, not-so-great duathlon, I really wanted to prove to myself that I still had a few good races in me. So, I signed up for a St. Patrick's Day 5k on Saturday and The Hot Chocolate 5K on Sunday. I have to say, I can NOT believe how great I feel and how happy I am with my results this weekend. YESSSS!
Now this is what I did. I left the INnOUT burger at INnOUT, got plenty of rest, hydrated and carb loaded like crazy the night before. I have to tell you, it was exciting to know I was challenging myself in a way that I haven't challenged myself before.
For race #1, I took it easy until I found a rhythm. It was cold, muddy and a very bumpy run. I muddied my running kicks and tights but didn't care. Once I found my rhythm, I started looking for all the ponytails in front of me and start to make some ground. The only ponytails I didn't see were the two amazing little girls, 10 and 12 years old, who smashed it.
For race #2, I had NO IDEA what the route was and for me that's a great thing! I decided to take off a bit faster than the day before and for the last mile, really turn up the volume. Sunday's route was hilly but again, I didn't care. This time, I didn't look for ponytails, I ran with the men. I could not BELIEVE how strong I felt and how I did NOT feel Saturday's race.
I am totally motivated for my next duathlon. Next week, the BIKE...that DREADFUL BIKE! LOL! Finding your rhythm in whatever you do is very rewarding. The only difference between now and college? It takes me a little extra time to recover but I am AOK with that. As long as I can run, I'm good.
Do what you love! #happyrunning