Focusing on the right here. Right now.
Before IMFL, I had legs. I mean most wouldn't consider me a 'fastie' but I was a very solid top 25% in most of my running races. Since IMFL I have been struggling with getting my legs back. I feel like I have no turnover in them, and while my legs and body loves running long and easy (aka slow), my ego is taking a beating. My conversational pace is a full 1-2 minutes off where it once was.
Last week while visiting my favorite
|Curtis doing his thing and glaring at me.|
|I did score this great t-shirt|
I woke up, headed over to the race and got a short warm up done. Getting ready to start the race, I spoke to a woman who explained the course to me: Down hill going out. Flat. Up hill coming back in. If you look at my splits for the race you'd think it was a poorly executed race as each mile got slower. BUT: I embraced the hills going out; held on for the flat and then pushed through the hills at the end. Overall, while it wasn't even close to my fastest 5K time it was almost 2 minute faster than I expected.
What does the opening quote have to do with me running a 5K this weekend?
I now have 2 options: A. Celebrate that I had a good run for where my training and focus is right now. B. Be miserable that I used to do this race faster. I choose A. My speed is still there-ish and I just read through my upcoming training plans and speed work is coming.
I even brought home some hardware this morning: A pint glass and a pair of panties as I finished second in my age group.