|Channeling my inner Starbuck, photo by CCRG|
Merrell 5K Summer Series # 3This race was on Thursday evening at the Monon Center in Carmel, same place as the first two. Our Indy Women's Fall Training group did all 3 of these as part of our training, and they were all a lot of fun. The course is really pretty, and has some slight elevation changes to make it challenging.
|Close, but no PR|
Thursday evening it was in the low 60's, and I thought if I had any chance of a new PR it would be at this race. As it turns out, I came really close. I might have done it if it had been chip start & finish, instead of gun start & chip finish. I also might have done it if I hadn't slowed down around mile 2, thinking I could push more at the end if I gave myself a slight break in the middle. More on that later.
This race was on Saturday morning. It wasn't chip-timed, so I just ran at an easy pace and had fun. I did this one last year too, since it's in the neighborhood where I work and I like to support all the exciting things happening on the Near Eastside.
I ran with my friend Kathy, and we had a good time. I think we finished in 37-something. We were both using it as an easy training run, so we didn't really worry about time.
It's a really pretty course through the Arsenal Tech High School campus, and all proceeds go to scholarships for graduating Tech seniors. This event is in its 5th year and keeps growing. I had lots of friends there, and I made a few new ones too. I love the shirts we got this year. If Tech has another great year in basketball season, I think I will get a lot of use out of it.
Chateau Thomas Winery 5K
|Floating across the finish line, photo by Fun-Races|
Again I had a lot of fun at this race. But also, I believe I figured out why I am not really getting faster. Well, besides the fact that I'm not doing much speed work. As I've mentioned before, I generally run at a comfortable, enjoyable pace, and don't really push myself. In short runs like this, I almost always feel like I could've done more. But it wasn't until around mile 2.5 of this race that I realized why I don't.
THE VOICE is still there. The one that used to tell me I couldn't run a whole race, and then that I couldn't run a half marathon. After I did one, it told me that was just a fluke and I couldn't do it again. But after I did do it again, I thought THE VOICE had shut up since I didn't notice it anymore. However, it sneakily changed tactics and I didn't even realize it. Every time I start to push myself, THE VOICE tells me I can't run that fast & I'd better slow down or I won't make it. And I slow down, without even realizing why.
I know I need to pace myself on long runs or long races, but I really should be okay pushing harder on 5Ks, and now that I know it's THE VOICE stopping me and not any physical limitations, I am confident I can beat it. It's probably also why I haven't been doing the speed work Lindsey sent me as much as I should. But now I will.