Its been a tough year. Battling flu and food poisoning, training suffered with me being 10lb under weight after pacing Carlsbad marathon (3:15). Still I have signed up for multiple 5k races a year ago. First was Carlsbad 5k, which I upgraded to the all day 20k last minute… I wasnt feeling a PR but thought I can hold an ok pace for the 5k’s. Plus its more social as Bessy and her friends were doing it. The first one went as planned under 20, but I caught an asthma attack. So had to tone it down for #2 to slip in at half marathon pace. Thinking Im recovered for 3… i had my heart beat jump way to high and had to shut it down for a minute. This lead to race 4 which was just a victory lap jog. I chalk this off as good training. Next is triton 5k a week later…
We decided to bike to the race, for awesome post race bike discount brunching (Galaxy Taco). Race rule… never look back. On ride up lost bessy a bit so was looking back constantly. And then bam, right into a fence, where i sliced my knuckle bad, blood pouring out as if i made a donation. In addition feels like i was stabbed in my collar bone, likely bone bruise. I continued on to make it to race medics who bandaged me up. I was more mentally shot than physically for the race. Some how overcame pain and demons in my head to sneak in under 20min with bessy. It sucks cause I was well prepped for this one, doing the classic 4x1mile at goal pace workout few days before.
Round 3: a week passes, ACT 5k : Last year I won this race. Probably because it was long and i had some in the tank. This year, I previewed the course , and once again long (3.3 mi). Time goals out the window, this is a position race. I had a good start leading a pack for 1.5 miles. then backed off a bit to save a final kick for that extra. 400m. I let the guys take the lead, but then see Bessy blow by me hard near the finish, and knew she was much stronger, and they all gapped me too good that my plan failed. I jogged in the rest knowing it was over. Bessy ended up storming forward to get 2nd overall of all genders. Amazing considering she joined this race 15 min before the start! At the awards ceremony… the most sexist thing happened. They assumed the top 3 would be male. So they didnt even call bessy up! I had to go to the announcer to correct him and bessy got what she earned.
Yes my run form isnt that great but I am working on it. Also, perhaps too much racing, as I am getting mentally burned out to go hard… but I still show up for the social aspect. What I am really learning, to be a good runner you dont need to sign up for races training alone, just run with some good company and you can work with each other to push your best.