Yesterday morning I ran my second 5K, The Shorewood Scoot.
It was difficult and I lost motivation quickly.
I hadn’t run at all in a week, and I could feel the difference. It was my first slightly cold run and I *did* love that!
What I love about 5K’s is getting up early, meeting friends and taking pictures before– the camaraderie of being with a bunch of people who don’t care about the weather and want to do something healthy for fun.
Everyone seems to be relaxed and people are wearing so many different colors! It’s a wonderful environment.
And I LOVE crossing the finish line.
But yesterday early-on I felt defeated– I was too focused on the outcome– on my rank. On who was behind me.
I slowed to a walk in less than a mile. People– walkers!– from behind me kept passing me up.
Then I began to see elderly people who were running slowly, but still running– they passed me too.
I barely ran this one. I just didn’t have the energy, though not sure why. I did get enough sleep.
One con about this race was far fewer volunteers– and they didn’t have much enthusiasm. They merely clapped and pointed, but most of them didn’t smile or cheer or even make eye contact. I was surprised how much I missed that enthusiasm from my first 5K.
I also had in a lined rain jacket and it felt too hot over the thermal shirt I had chosen. But my bib was pinned on it and I didn’t want to stop and re-do it. Also, that jacket never stays tied around my waist.
The race actually began on a trail I’ve run several times. I kept seeing entrances off the path to the woods. I had such a strong urge to ditch the race altogether and just explore alone in the woods.
But I kept on. I believe I crossed the finish line in 50:25?? That’s what I remember the clock saying.
I have no idea how I ranked– after several searches online there appears to be no link posted.
But maybe it’s better that way??
After, I had plans to go with a friend and her two dogs to a local arboretum. I was so psyched!
Especially since her little lady, Kaia, sat on my lap most of the way. She enjoyed being hugged, and I loved holding her. It was comforting to have this calm little creature snuggling up to me. Once we arrived, we both walked one of the dogs and marveled at all the pets and vendors! And the threes, of course.
It was a laid-back, beautiful day that felt like fall. We both had long-sleeve shirts on.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay long.
Her little dog was pulling me and I couldn’t keep up with walking her. For some reason, my knees were really sore. I had to keep slowing down and stopping.
I felt like the Tin Man with rusty joints. I felt like every bit of 34.
It was confusing, because I’ve run 5 miles without any pain. What’s the difference in running a 5K and then doing some walking? It wasn’t even a large dog!
Regardless, it appears I over-did it by making those plans directly after the race.
A lesson for next time!
And although that race was a hard one, I’m not giving up.
I will simply run more often and continue doing 5K’s until they get easier.
I’m not waiting long to get back out there. Probably tonight!
Because when I do well, I love it!
I’m going to tr y and have the mindset that I’m running to ENJOY it. To take in the beauty of fall. To challenge myself. To have fun with my friends. To visit places I haven’t been.
And yes, to compete. The two 5K’s I’ve run have both been small and local.
I think I would enjoy a big one more. The anonymity would comfort me in a bigger group.
What’s a race that was difficult for you?? How do you motivate yourself when you start to get inside your head and lose heart during a race? Tell me in the comments!