Given my last post, I was pretty torn about running this race. After talking with the wife (about the last post), we decided that I’d make my endurance decision post race and go from there. So lets get back to race morning (errr the night before)…
So I ended up working a double midshift last week and that kind of messed up my sleep pattern and it hasn’t gotten back on track. Last night I couldn’t sleep and ended up tossing and turning till about 3am. I finally got some sleep just in time for the alarm to go off at 6:45. I leapt from bed, ok more like crawled since the day before I completed Crossfit Open 14.3 and my legs were destroyed. Wound up eating two spinach egg cups and most of cup of coffee before we headed out. 7:10 we’re out the door, and headed for the start line. For once the race was basically in my back yard and we didn’t have to drive an hour to get to it.
7:40: we’re checked in and now standing in the cold waiting for the gun. Guess its time to turn the watch on and get it aligned with the satellites. Or not. The watch is dead. Ugh. Well with 20 min to kill we headed over to the truck and dumped the extra weight and took some shelter from the cold.
7:59: Line up and off we went. I planed to run this together with the wife, and since we both were hurting from the prior weeks crossfit workouts, we took a spot near the back of the pack. We held a steady trot for about a mile and half until her legs started cramping up. After a bit of walking we were back at it and around mile two we met up with one of the other girls from crossfit and the wife and her started chatting it up. I took this as my cue, and decided to pour a little bit of heat on. Without a watch I was forced to pay attention to my body a lot more, and concentrated on not panting. Several times I could feel myself approaching getting to that point, and within that last mile after a bit of adjustment of pace, I was able to hold a steady ‘faster’ pace.
I rounded the last corner and the finish line was in sight. I would guess I had somewhere between 1/4-1/3 of a mile left and I decided to sprint till the end. Finishers row was within sight, and the LED’s proclaimed 34:25 as I crossed the finish line. While I didn’t know it at the time, that was just 24 seconds slower than my previous PR! While I’m bummed about missing a new PR by such a close margin, I’m really happy that without basically any training, and coming off two injuries; I essentially haven’t lost any fitness.
Post race we met up with some crossfit buddies and snapped a group selfie before we headed off for the rest of our day.
So the take away from this…
I missed running races. It was a lot of fun to be in a huge pack of people and running together. Also at the end, it was a different feeling overtaking quite a few people. It was almost like a building wave each time I passed someone, I felt like I could go faster and faster. So I did. While I’m still torn on what my future path is going to be, I don’t think I’m going to give up on running completely. As for now, I think I’m going to keep what I have on the books for the year and no more. I’ll train up for the 1/2 but I’m not going to kill myself with a 3-4 day a week training plan. I’m pretty pumped for the tri next weekend, thou I am slightly terrified. Gotta remember to charge the watch, and I should probably watch some youtubes on how to set up my transition area too.
Until next week