Over the past few years, I have learned to "train" through the summer. Each summer I have grand plans of learning to "race" well in the heat and humidity (DENIAL). I have had several good weeks of speed work which makes me believe I will run a decent 5k (DENIAL). I work out, I work out hard, and I believe I will run well. (DENIAL). I up my mileage and think I will run well (DENIAL). And then REALITY sets in. Today I ran another 5k, to end in a somewhat disappointing time. (yes it was REAL). I look on the bright side, because the only official goal that I had today was to run better than my worst 5k in 5 years, ( June 2010 5k - 25:47). So I did make my goal because today I ran 25:01. (note: this 5k was almost flat, and the June 5k was hilly)
Most of the time I consider myself a REALIST (drives my sister nuts). But when it comes to summer running, I go into this fantasy world where I believe if I train hard, I will race well, even in the summer. Prior to the race, my mind was saying 24:30 or faster (DENIAL). 25:01 (BACK TO REALITY). Now I realize why I live most of my life being a realist, and not an optimist. This racing "optimism" or "denial" is tough. :) lol! To be fair, I have had better summers than this year, but it's typical for me to go into summer races thinking this time, I'm ready. Even though I am typically somewhat disappointed with the summer racing results, I am happy that I live in my own little fantasy world, and continue to show up with great expectations. Even though I am not running as I would like to, I am happy to just be able to run each day, and race when I want to.
So, what now? I will continue to train hard. I will continue to show up for races, expecting a better time, and better results. I will continue to up my mileage for my fall marathon goal. Yep, summer heat and humidity, you will not break me out of my world of denial, fantasy or optimism. My fantasy world is better than not showing up at all. I would rather run a hard, slow, 5k than to be out of the game.
Other notes from today - it was exciting to be around runners who are excited about running and achieving new goals. Renee and Mitzie both ran prs today. So awesome - let me explain this further. Today, the temperature at race time was around 79 degrees with 90% humidity, with a real feel of 92 degrees. These ladies didn't let the heat slow their pace. I am excited for them, and even more excited to see them run this fall. I also met several people who are getting ready to train for their first half or full marathons - very exciting.
Vicki and Terry won the 5k today. These 2 runners are always so consistent and impressive.
I won the ladies master's award. Masters is such an "old feeling" word, but today I was excited because I won a gift certificate to Conestogo Steak House. I am not a steak eater, but Chad LOVES a slab of red meat, so he will be excited about my win today.
So it was another good day at the races, even with a slow summer time. Up next - Sunday will be a 12 miler with the guys to complete my 40 miles for the week, and Tues is another 2 mile predicted time run. I will be ready for that Tues. race and guess what.....I will RUN FAST! (because that's what my mind says before each summer race)