I got up Saturday morning to a 20% chance of rain. When I looked out the window it was sprinkling. It wasn't long before it was raining pretty hard. My kids thought I was "crazy, brave and tough" for doing a run in the rain.
By the time I drove into town the rain
had quit and it was a beautiful morning for a race. Temps were in the
low 50s and it overcast, slight breeze. The 5k started at 8 am and
while that was going on I had my gait analyzed. I will discuss that in another post or this will be really long!
I tried to turn on my Garmin 10 minutes before the race started. I figured that should be enough time for it to find satellites.. Wrong. By the time the gun went off it was still searching. UGH. I started the timer anyway hoping it would latch on to a satellite soon. Spoiler: IT NEVER DID. It was really cloudy and raining the first three miles of the race, but it usually still manages to find a satellite within 5 minutes even when it is cloudy.
Moving on from that. I have not run a race by feel since I ran a 5k like that years ago and PRd. The rain had just picked back up when the gun went off and it felt wonderful. The first two miles of the race I felt like I had perm grin. I was using an 11 year old girl to pace myself. It's true.
She had finished just ahead of me at the last race (a five mile race) so I figured if I kept her in my sights I would be pretty close to where I wanted to be. Miles 3,4, and 5 felt really long. Mile 6 and the last .2 were mostly downhill and felt like it just flew by.
After the first two miles with no Garmin, I decided that even if it did find a satellite I wanted to continue to pace off the little girl and run by feel. I was really hoping for a roughly 7:20ish pace.
Right at the end of mile 5/beginning of mile 6 I can't remember, near the end,
we have to run up four levels of a parking garage. Talk about rough, but at that point I knew once I got out of the garage it was downhill or level.
How I felt overall .. great! Tired at the end so I know I pushed hard.
Three out of the four Team Beef Montana members present
Would I choose to do it again without my Garmin? That's a hard one. On one hand I really enjoyed not stressing about pace and distance too much and just enjoying the run. I even high fived some of the volunteers during miles 2 and 3 until I started getting tired and had to focus on running more. On the other hand, I really like knowing my pace and keeping on track with goals, pace, etc.
I don't feel like I was in it very much mentally. I think having no Garmin and rain threw me for a loop, which is funny because usually I am really on with my mental game. I mantra my whole way through races sometimes after the first mile. I really loved running in the rain though that can happen every time!
Final results chip time was 45:52 with a pace of 7:23
53 out of 515 overall
14th out of 320 women
2 out of 45 in my age group. The girl who beat me did so by ten measly seconds! so close!!
That is pretty much a 7:22ish pace which was my goal.