I've been a bit quiet on my blog lately, so I don't know if I actually mentioned the fact that I'm racing today!
Although I wasn't planning on doing running races once my half ironman plan was in full swing, when an inexpensive 5K came up, I took the chance to set a new personal best.
It's been over a year since my last 5K, which was a frustrating experience. Truthfully, the frustration was brought on largely by my inexperience and bad pacing. That race did teach me a lot though. It was a good lesson in letting go of things out of my control.
In that race, I really wanted to beat 30 minutes, and I sort of did it, crossing the finish line in 29:58. But, it was a significantly short course. Although my ability to run a sub-30 5K may have been there on that day, my execution did not earn it. I've never been able to shake the feeling that my 5K personal best has a "but" attached to it.
So, today, I set a new one.
I say that with confidence, because barring a significant obstacle, I am now very comfortably capable of running a sub-30 5K.
Comfortable? Hmm, doesn't seem like much of a challenge, hey?
So, instead, my goal today is not to beat my personal best. It's to crush it.
See you all once I've done just that!
|Requisite race day picture!|