While I was supposed to be studying this weekend, I tried avoiding it as much as possible. Saturday morning, I woke up for my 6 miles that were on the schedule and thought to myself.....I want to run 20 miles today. And I did. I filled up water bottle after water bottle and headed to the trail for 20 relaxing, wonderful miles. If I could have every run be that amazing, I would run long runs daily. I listened to my audio book, and enjoyed my surroundings. It was a beautiful and warm morning so there were bikers on the trail encouraging me as they passed me hours after they first saw me. I finished the run extremely strong and at the correct slower average long run pace.
I knew my sister was running a 3.5 mile race the next day and I got the crazy idea that maybe I would attempt the race as well. I called her up and we made plans to drive to Melrose for the Melrose Run for Women 3.5 mile road race. I have avoided this race in the past because of the abnormal distance. I had no idea how to pace that race and love seeing PR's which this couldn't be because I had never run that distance in a race before.
We got to Melrose really early and again it was a beautiful morning. My legs were stiff from the 20 miler the day before so I talked my sister into running a slow warm up run. We ran 1.5 miles at an easy pace and then we stretched. Tight tight legs. I told my sister that I didn't think I could manage any fast miles today so was thinking of listening to my book and just taking the race in. Famous last words right? :)
Spending Mother's Day with my best friend
The race was full of rolling hills. I think on rested legs, I would have had an amazing race, but after that first mile, I knew I couldn't hold onto my pace. Instead of concentrating on that pace, I decided to concentrate on holding my place in the race. I could see a few girls in front of me and didn't want to lose them nor did I want anyone to pass me. The rest of the race was spent mentally pushing out how tired I was and trying to stay with the girls in front of me. I did eventually pass 2 of the girls and was in 10th place for a bit, but a mile 3, a girl came flying past me and there was no way I was keeping up with her.
I finished the race in 24:12, which was a 6:56 pace for 3.5 miles. I finished 11th overall and 6th in my age group as well as 6th mom overall. I was SOOO happy with the results. If I had run a 5k that day, I probably wouldn't have PR'd, but I expected that based on my tired legs. I ran a sub-7 minute race with tired legs and mentally pushed myself to race. I didn't give up when I knew my pace wasn't what I would have LIKED to see. This was the confidence boost I needed to get ready for Vermont. I am SO ready to run that marathon and ready to prove to myself that I can mentally push myself through a race no matter what the final time is.
Finally mentally ready for Vermont.