I had my chance at a post-baby half marathon when I ran the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon. Since that time, I have realized a few things.
I do LOVE running.
Training for a half marathon is time consuming for my crazy life.
Solely running doesn’t quite get me where I want to be with my fitness goals.
I want to KEEP running.
Why don’t I run SHORTER distances?
I’ve always been GUNG HO with goals when I set them. I’m human, just like many of you, and have to reel myself in so that I don’t get overwhelmed and ditch ideas in their entirety! So, I decided to break down my running goal in a way where I could enjoy it once again and not wreck my body!
Train for a 5k distance!
I haven’t tried to race a 5k distance race since the Run for Sight 5k I ran with Krissy many moons ago. So, I decided on the Sin City Classic 5k since it was earlier in January. You know, to knock the sh** out early!
Of course, I roped one of my clients/friends to join me as part of her goals to run more heading into the new year. We decided to do some training together for the race, start it together, and finish it together (I would come back for her.)
It is usually pretty cool in Vegas in January, so a light jacket and long sleeves were necessary for race day. I knew that the course was at Sunset Park, which was a flat and fast route. So, I had my A, B, and C goals:
A) Finish with my race pace I’d been training with of 8:30
B) Crush THAT A. Goal and run like the wind as long as I could
C) See how the day went and finish vertically (always my C goal.)
Out the gate, I was speedy. I decided to blend Goals B and C together to enjoy the day while doing my absolute best. I knew that my training runs were done around my house, and that included many days with higher elevation and hill descents and ascends. I felt good. I was cruising along to my 5k playlist and booking it. That was until I realized we were all lost. ALL OF US. Volunteers had some runners going one way and then others had others going other ways. I was trying my best to stay in my zone, but had to be sure I got out of that park too, right?
As I did a 2nd U-turn too abruptly, I felt myself pull my hammie on my left side. It tends to happen to me when I’m going too fast and don’t have enough deceleration time. Somehow, I was able to keep a steady pace going after that and stopped my watch right at 3.12 without any finish in sight. Weird.
I saw other runners who started with me and we were all puzzled. Where was the finish? Why did some of us go one way and others the other way? How big was his damn park?
Wouldn’t you have it, I ended up seeing my buddy trucking along at a nice run pace and rejoining her for the remainder of the race … or until we found the finish line.
In total, we ended up doing a 4.5 mile race? Unexcited, we walked through the finish line. Tired but laughing at the same time. I would project that she finished in 5 minutes under her race goal and that I hit my previous PR; neither of us could really tell, though.
As we talked over brunch after the race, we both were happy with our performance for the day. We enjoyed meatless chicken n’ waffles from Vegenation and let bygones be bygones.
I did get in touch with the race director that week, though. He was very gracious and apologetic to explain that some volunteers didn’t direct us properly and that the park had set rules where signs couldn’t be posted. Hence, the mix-up. Our money was being refunded for the snafu situation, and my race time was even corrected using the only proof I had that I was going as fast as I was by the end of the race distance.
I’m all about the 5k distance again!
Will I run another half marathon, most definitely. I do know, however, that my legs need to be stronger and that includes more cycle workouts and cross-training so that I can continue to train and teach and work anaerobically instead aerobic runs constantly. With the hours I have in a day now, that’s where I stand! I have loved running once again, promising Tayler I will run at least a mile a day with him this year. Shorter, most consistent runs have kept me happy for the past few months to allow me to not give up on running entirely.
When’s the last time you raced a shorter distance than usual?