Recap of the Go! St. Louis 5K
I woke up around 4:30 in the morning, but couldn’t go back to sleep. That was fine, though, because I got a good night’s sleep the night before and it gave me a chance to try and get the nerves out. We were going to ride the metro to Forest Park where the race was being held, but I forgot my watch and we didn’t have enough time to go back to the house and get back to the metro station on time. But thankfully, we all took it in stride, got the watch, and drove to the race. Parking was fine and the kids road their bikes around while I warmed up. Oh, I forgot to mention that it was really stormy that morning, but the storms cleared out by the time we were headed to the race. The weather was perfect for a run and really helped set the tone.
I tried to get near the start and I thought I had positioned myself well. But then the gun went off and I found myself weaving in and out of a lot of people. Note to self: Get closer to the start. Anyways, the race went well. I was pacing really well, even over the hills. It really helped that Rob told me right before the race to just go for it, that in my other races I’ve held back, hoping to have enough at the end. This time I wanted to go out hard and smart and see how it went. And it went fairly well. There were only a couple of times when I looked down and my pace had gone up to about 9:20 or 9:30. I quickly tried to get it back down and kept pushing through. There was a woman who passed me right after the 1 mile marker and I was determined not to lose sight of her. She did creep away from me for a bit after the 2 mile marker, but she came back to me and at the end, about the last 200 meters, I sprinted, she didn’t and I caught her! I literally beat her by one second. I ended up running a 27:26 officially. To be honest, I was hoping for something closer to 27 flat or even under it, but a 26 second PR from my race in November (27:52) is really good and I am really happy with it. I am so happy to see my training paying off and just seeing myself working so hard towards being faster.
I have a race, probably my last one of the spring season, in about three weeks. The course is hilly. I decided to run the course two days after my race to see how hilly it was and if I could keep a good pace over those hills. I ended up running a 28:14 in rather muggy weather, so I think I could at least run what I ran in the Go! St. Louis 5K. The only problem is that the day after that, my shin started to hurt and so I’ve been taking it easy ever since. I’ve been icing it, taking ibuprofen when needed and just being careful, but it is still bothering me slightly. I decided to ride my bike this past Wednesday to get a workout in without the impact, but besides that run and the bike, I haven’t done anything. I’m not going to stress about it because I think I did need a few days to just relax. I’m hoping my shin will feel better by Monday and I can get back out there.
After telling Rob about my shin, I asked him if I should get some compression socks or if new shoes would be the better option. He said, definitely the shoes. I don’t need to be told twice that I need new shoes!! :0) I went and got a new pair at Fleet Feet because I had a gift card to help pay for them. Next time, I’ll explain my shoe choice and hopefully give you a picture.
In the meantime, I have been using a bit more sugar the past few days. My in-laws have been in town and I felt the need to loosen up a bit. And, really, though my energy levels have been better since using less sugar, the main thing that I have wanted to happen hasn’t. I didn’t do it just to lose weight, but I hoped I was lose some. And despite having cut way back on the sugar for over a month, I haven’t lost any weight. And so I just decided, what’s the point? If I’m not going to lose weight without sugar, then I might as well enjoy it instead of being so restrictive. So, I’m eating more, but not a ton, and I’m not going to stress about it. I’m just going to let things happen as they do.