You know you’re a little crazy when you describe “waking up to run a race” as one of the best feelings…
I actually forgot how invigorating morning races are. It wasn’t until today that I realized I haven’t run a morning race since the Lincoln Half-Marathon last May. Since then, I’ve done the evening Rock the Crossroads and Wyandotte County Trail Races as well as the United Way Trail Race, which kicked off at noon.
But, today, it was good to know that I had a whole 5K under my belt before 9 a.m thanks to the WOW Run 5K.
I was up at 7 for a breakfast of toast with peanut butter and a banana plus a few
gulps sips of coffee. Dan was still sleeping, so I relied on the self-timer to prove I was actually planning on running.
Always so awkward.
My favorite part about the race was that the start was just on the other side of my neighborhood. I didn’t leave until 7:40 for an 8 o’clock start and I still made it there with time to spare. I even got to talk to Natalie for a while before the race!
Even though everything was set up to be a good race, I have to admit that I probably didn’t have the best mentality. I hoped for a PR, but I knew it was hilly and told myself I could use that as a cop-out. Lame, I know.
When the race kicked off, I got out to a good start. It also helped that I was pretty familiar with the course — it just wound through my neighborhood, so I knew what to expect around each corner. However, that also meant I knew when the big hills were and I psyched myself out a little bit. There weren’t any mile markers, either, so I wasn’t able to calculate my pace. All I know is that it fluctuated quite a bit.
When I was nearing the finish, I was able to kick it into high gear, but it still wasn’t enough to walk away with a PR.
Nonetheless, I was still pretty happy.
Best of all, it’s not even noon and I get to spend the rest of the day with this little girl.
Questions: How do you turn excuses around and get motivated? What’s your favorite time to race?