Saturday, September 25, 2010

race report: mmrf 5k

This morning I ran the MMRF Race for Research Boston 5k Race for the third year in a row. I ran in honor of my Uncle Mark. He passed away on June 30, 2009 from complications associated with MMRF. It's a good race for a great cause and I enjoy being a part of it. It's a flat, out and back course along Carson Beach in South Boston. It was hot, hot, hot, but there were some clouds and a decent breeze coming off of the water. The issue was that I needed to get in a 8.5-9ish mile run due to the last-minute decision to do to the BAA half marathon on October 10th.

Could I have done my long run tomorrow morning? Sure. That probably would have been a good idea. However, I wanted to go out tonight. And possibly drink. And maybe sleep in. Yes, I know, I'm a terrible, wanton 26 year old. So anyway, about the running..

I knew I could have gone faster during the race. But I kept reminding myself to slow down because I knew I had 6 miles ahead of me after I crossed the finish line. My time was 32:16, a slow 5k for me, but not all that bad considering how slow my long runs normally can be. After crossing the finish line I found my two friends, and we relaxed for a few minutes before heading off on the rest of our run. Looking back, the resting probably did us more harm than good, but there's nothing that can be done about that now.

Our route consisted of two loops near the UMass Boston campus as well as the JFK Library. It was hot. I was cranky. My body was rebelling against me, especially my quads. Do me a favor and tell me not to do and Core Fusion workout DVDs the night before a long run, k? Cool, thanks. The last two miles reminded me just how mental running can be. It was hot, the sun was beating down on me,  I could feel my feet swelling by the minute, and all I wanted to do was rip off my sneakers and curl up into a ball. But, I dug deep and found that little reserve of energy. I don't know how to explain it, I guess I just got into "the zone".  I was able to tune out what was blaring on my iPod and focus on my breathing, my steps, and how close I was to the finish. Runs like this remind me that mental strength is almost, if not just as, important as physical abilities.

I ended up running (maybe just under) 9 miles. Sometimes I finish a long run and feel awesome, but unfortunately today is not one of those days. My feet hurt, my stomach is a mess and I am a bit of a mess. But, I finished! On days like this I just remind myself that not every run is going to be awesome, but I really do believe that it's the crappy runs that make you into a better and stronger runner.


Julia said...

Note to self: no crazy power DVD's before long run. Got it :) Just helped Whit update her training plan and it gave me lots of fun ideas... Get ready for a fun schedule!

Monica said...

Congrats on running the 5k! Regardless of your time, you should still feel really, really accomplished every time you complete a race of any kind :]

Unknown said...

julia - it was a baaaaad idea. and i am so pumped for my new training plan!

and thanks monica - i do love racing, regardless of my (often slow) times!