As you probably know, I’ve spent the last 8 weeks training for a personal record in a 5K race. Specifically, I wanted to break the 23 minute mark. I would have been happy with a 22:59. My PR is 23:24 which I hit in April with no 5K specific training, just HIIT, some long runs, and lifting weights.
I had my eye on the Park Ridge Charity Classic 5K because it’s known as a fast and flat course. Basically, perfect for PRs.
Sadly, to cut to the chase, I did not PR at the race last Saturday and I didn’t break 23 minutes.
I honestly don’t know what happened. Was it my training? Did I not do enough fast runs? Did I not hit the right times on the interval and tempo runs I did? Did I do too much strength lifting and not enough power and conditioning lifting? Was it too humid? Was I too stressed out?
I do know that when my friend Annabelle ran alongside me towards the finish line, yelling encouragement at me, all I could say was, “I don’t know if I can do this.” And then I burst into tears.
Was it hormones? Was it not enough confidence building runs? Was it that I’ve gained some weight since April?
I cried when I finished. Several other runners asked if I was okay and gave me encouragement. But it still sucks to fail at a goal, you know?
Was I so upset because I’d told everyone about my goal and then I didn’t achieve it? Did I feel like I was letting everyone down?
Running is so funny. You can train and do everything you think is right and you can still not hit your goals on race day and you might never know why.
I’ve never trained specifically for a 5K PR before. I have to say, though, it’s really discouraging to do the training and see basically no tangible results. Jason kept saying that maybe I would have done worse if I hadn’t done the training (I finished in an official 23:44, by the way), but I’ll never know.
I’m debating doing another 5K race this fall. I just don’t know if I have it in me right now to set a goal time. I will say, I had much more fun earlier this year when I was just running with no time goals in mind and being pleasantly surprised when I PRed.
So, I have some things to think about. For now, though, I’m going to enjoy lifting and doing whatever cardio I want. At least until marathon training starts!
- Monday 9/19 – Leg strength workout (easy & light)
- Tuesday 9/20 – 3 mile run and upper body strength workout
- Wednesday 9/21 – 30 minute tempo run (treadmill)
- Thursday 9/22 – Leg strength workout (easy & light)
- Friday 9/23 – Upper body strength workout
- Saturday 9/24 – 5K race (with .8 mile warm-up)
- Sunday 9/25 – Rest