OMG, I Ran the “Gallop for the Gravy” This morning.
It was the worst run I have done in recent times. Worse than any of my races in the past. Worse than all of my recent training runs…
I am a little unsure of how it all happened so poorly, but I am very aware of the event….
My time was 35 mins. Whoa baby. I think if I had walked, I could have done better than that!!!!
I should have known when I picked up my t-shirt and packet for the race that it was going to be a questionable race.
This is surely the most hideous turkey t shirt I have ever seen.
You can look at the design Here. I was unable to download it as a photo…
As you can see, the Headless Poultry dominates the scene!!!
Other than the t-shirt, I have absoloutely no excuse. It was a pretty nice course, well marked, on dirt and pavement. People were in the spirit, showing up in Pilgrim and turkey outfits galore, as well as wearing “Indian feathers”. Overall everyone was in a festive mood. I felt ready to race. In fact I was so sure I would beat my last PR, I was so ready to go!!! I actually was looking about trying to gauge how many other women were in my age group….just in case.
I’m not really sure what happened, but I have gone over it a few times now in my head.
I started out a bit too fast. which was alright. My first mile was 10:30 which wasn’t too fast, but when I look at my pace, i never maintained any pace. I was running through the mile with times of 7:50, to 9:15 to 11:15 and back down to 7:50….I should have started at a pace I could maintain throughout. I was using my Garmin but with the pace smoothing effect, so I thought I was maintaining a fairly steady 10:40 pace. Nah. I had no idea how fast I was actually going at any given time….this continued to be problematic throughout the race. Mid Mile 2 I started to actually have some breathing issues. I was coughing and having trouble with a small cramp in my right side. I have Cold Induced Asthma and it felt like this, except that it was very warm today at 65-70 degrees at 8am. Anyway, because of the breathing, I stopped and walked. and ran and walked. It really was a nice course, all around the UNCW campus which is deserted for the holiday.The problems with the breathing and cramping continued through the rest of the race along with my pacing issue. In fact, I am still coughing and having some problems…wierd.
Most humbling was huffing along the course and having the volunteers be so encouraging….I hated hearing this guy tell me…”Just100 more feet and you have it licked” I was thinking, ahhh it’s licked me…The funniest moment was when a Mom and her two toddlers were cheering and directing and this little 5ish yr old boy took one look at me and shouted, “You better get going lady!!!!” His Mom was jogging after me saying, sorry sorry, but… He was so right, I thought it was the most appropriate cheer I got all day!!!
Yes, I know it’s super that I got out and raced and amactive when so many people are couch surfers, but honestly this was a very disappointing race for me…..When I finished the woman was like, You did it, the whole 5K! I wanted to chew off her cheery face, but I didn’t instead I mutterred something about being a little off pace.
I feel a bit like a turkey. Depending on the work schedule, I may be running a “Ho Ho 5K” in December. Lets see if I am saying this…
After that race….
If anyone has any clues as to what the heck I did completely wrong,please feel free to suggest them to me. And I can wholly say, I hate the 5K distance. Today I hate it with my whole heart….:(