I know I said that I was over my poor running performance in my last race, and at the time I meant it, but it was still chewing at me. So I vowed to not let this happen again, heat or no heat. I was going to break through. I was going to focus on my running and get it back to where it should be, no matter how much it hurt. I knew my HIM plan was calling for a run focused week soon, and I welcomed that challenge! (Not so much now though, my legs are tired!) Anyways, with 4th of July weekend approaching, I knew the family was traveling to see in-laws and outlaws, but I was not going to let travel stop me from running. So I packed up all my running gear and was ready to work on my running.
I like this last picture, it shows Jake, me in the background and Jared (middle son) cheering on his brother!
It really helped me to know I can hold a decent pace, not the fastest pace, but a good strong pace. That race, combined with the run focused week I have had training, has really helped me get ready for my triathlon next weekend. I am looking forward to tackling the run portion again and seeing what I can do this time.
So the race went really well. I did start off running with Jake, but about a ½ mile into it, he told me to go on, so I picked up the pace. I ran in 3rd place overall for a majority of the race before a guy passed me at the end. I finished up 4th overall and finished in 23:21 (7:31 pace). Jake came in and set a new PR for him at 28:47! This run ended up being very good for me because it gave me my confidence back. Confidence to know that I know I can keep a good pace on a run. I think I could have been faster if not for the hard workout the day before, but that doesn’t really matter.