Last week, after some convincing by my good friend Leslie, Meg, Hillary and I found ourselves signed up for the SJ Giant Race on Saturday, June 1. Yes, my first race in over two months (the last one was when I PRed at the 5k before giving in to my injury.) With all of two days to mentally and physically prepare myself, my goal was to run hard, to see where my fitness was at.
Race morning came and we met at 6am, and headed over the hill to San Jose. We arrived and parked with only about 25 minutes to spare, and by the time we hit the bathroom, Leslie and I only had about 5 minutes to warmup for our 5k before we had to make our way to the front of the pack. Hillary and Meg were running the five mile race as a progression run, so I did not get to run with them.
I started off really strong in the race.
Mile 1: 6:40
I felt good, and heading into the second mile I was still running strong. But then, then it hit me. The stomach of death. And I started feeling crappy, and slowing down.
Mile 2: 7:01
By the time I was running the third mile, my body was dragging, my stomach was winning, and then we hit some grassy portions and cobblestones that made me watch my step as I was running.
Mile 3: 7:24
Then I saw the mile 3 sign and I started picking up pace — just .1 to go! Oh wait, it was really like .2 to go. Though I did love how we finished by running into the outfield of the SJ Giants stadium.
Though it wasn’t my best race, it was a fun one for sure. I loved spending the morning at a race with my favorite SFM ambassador Meg, and two of my favorite SCE ladies, Hillary and Leslie (who won the 5k with a time of 19:40!!). And officially meeting another fabulous Santa Cruz runner, Trinity, who took second in the 5k!
Once the results were posted, I was surprised to find out that my 21:30 got me 5th woman OA and 1st in my AG! Nice surprise for a not-feeling-so-well race. Yay!
I don’t want to downplay this, I know that I have become much faster and a better runner over the past year. I mean a year ago I was excited to run a 22:50 5k. And now a 21:30 is ‘not-so-good’ race. I know that I have come a long way, and am so proud and happy of my accomplishments. But, I’m working hard for — and am really trying — to become stronger and faster. I’m not disappointed in my performance, I’d just like to (for once) not have a stomach problems and perform to the best of my ability. One thing is for certain: I need to figure out what the heck is up with my stomach these days. I even took 2 immodium at 5:30am, and the only thing that did was make me constipated for the next two days. TMI, you’re welcome.
What’s up next? The Fabulous 5k at the SF Marathon on June 16, 2013. And then, I’m headed south to Peru for a month, where I’m trying to find a road race, but will otherwise be focused on
crosstraining sightseeing and getting in short runs when I can.
Will you be there SFM weekend? If so, come look for me and all the other ambassadors at the Expo Friday & Saturday — and on the course, race day!