I write this two nights (US time) before my 5K debut. I know, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but this run is harder than any other 5K run I have done. I run 5 kilometers all the time, but I don’t usually run hills. So, I trained for this one.
I have been running the course at least once a week for about 5 weeks. It hasn’t really got any easier, but my recovery time has improved dramatically. A few times I have run the course in the evening when it was cooler, and it felt pretty good…still hard, but pretty good. Although, afterwards, I was stiff, sore and needed ibuprofen to really get moving the next day.
Thursday I ran the course about 3:30 pm after work. It was about 83 degrees outside. The warm wind was blowing against me while I made my way the mile and half upwards. I was thinking, ‘O.M.G this is never getting any easier!’ But, then countered– reminding myself of the conditions. They aren’t easy for anyone. I kept trucking. I wanted to quit about 2.8 miles into it, but I refused to let myself. I was feeling a little exhausted, and thought I might even throw up.. I don’t do well running in the heat. I kept going! I finished with a 42 minute time about a minute longer than my fastest (Clo Cow route time) not too bad actually.
Afterwards, I did my stretching and I noticed I was feeling pretty good still. I felt good all night, and the next day. The usual soreness and stiffness didn’t visit me this time. I mentioned to my friend I had felt about 70% better than any of the other times I have run the route. She says, “You know what that’s called?” I reply, “No.” She said, “FITNESS.” Damn, she’s smart. Of course! As, I get fitter my recovery time will be easier! Thank goodness!
I have a new outfit (after training for this I am going to wear something I feel good in) and I painted my nails to match my outfit! That is only icing on the cake. The main ingredient was hard work. I know I can run it. I am confident I am ready. I won’t be the fastest. But, I wont be the slowest either. I am leaps and bounds away from where I was a year ago. I am very proud of myself. And I am ready. BRING IT!