Day 48… Housekeeping
It’s that time, housekeeping, physically and mentally today. After a night at my parents and a morning spent on laundry, blogging, cleaning my car and a few other chores. I headed back to VT and now find myself on my favorite writing spot, my porch looking up at the mountains. The heat has broken and here I am enjoying the cool evening air listening to a favorite Pandora Station, Adele Station.
This morning I found out the official results were posted for the Tough Mountain Challenge, now I am writing this post before the race recap because I feel a little mental housekeeping has to happen before I post about the race itself. I have been trying to write the recap all day but now feel this post must come first. As I had posted before on Facebook, I had been given some misinformation about my place when I got to the finish yesterday. I was told I was the first woman to finish in my heat, today I found out I was actually third.
I can honestly say I was feeling pretty badass knowing I was off track for a couple minutes in the race and still managing to win the heat for women. Prior to the start of the race I had set a goal for myself, totally personal. I wanted to finish the race under forty minutes. I mostly kept this goal to myself but it was in my mind the whole race, I think when I finished with a time of 41:29.08 I knew I had missed my goal. I know I got lost, blah blah blah. Excuses, I missed my goal, and I still think I could have been in the 38 or 39 minute area with getting lost. At the time a redeeming factor was thinking I won my heat. It lifted me above missing this goal.
When I found out this morning, not only had I missed my goal, but I also didn’t get that heat win. Now I had posted it on Facebook already and felt a bit like a fake since it was an accomplishment that was not mine. To everyone I am sorry, I actually finished 3rd in my heat.
I know these are all good results and many people would be happy with this accomplishment. I am happy in one sense as I am consistently finishing higher and higher in these races, but at the same time know I could have been higher in the standing.
I have one big area of improvement, warm-up. I spoke with a friend today saying I didn’t feel warmed up until I got well over a mile into the race. He told me it was probably because I didn’t get a enough of a warm-up in before the race started. He suggested a total of 4 miles of warm-up in segments at different bursts of intensity. So I did what any other person of my generation would do after we finished talking, googled, “5K race warm up” and found this excerpt from Runner’s World…
5K Warm Up
By Jenny Hadfield, Runner’s World ,