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Monday, June 13, 2011

Being Flexible (not like a gymnast)

Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow. That's what happened at this weekend's race. I was supposed to finish off the spring racing season with the Lawyers Have Heart 10k on Saturday. It's a good thing the other people in my firm check their e-mail at 5:45 am because I certainly don't. When Amy and I got to the race our co-workers told us that due to extreme temperatures and humidity the race was cut in half - yup, we were going to run a 5k, not a 10k. 

I wasn't planning on going all-out on the 10k, just a leisurely 6.2 miles. The fact that it was now a 5k changed my thinking completely. If you remember last weekend's blog post I ran two 5ks, neither of which were really a "race" for me in the sense that I was going for a PR. So this was my chance to make it happen.


I didn't go to bed super early the night before, probably didn't drink enough water the week leading up to the race, and certainly didn't warm up appropriately for a 5k, so I wasn't really in a "PR" kind of mind-set, but there I was at the start line, so I just went for it.


I'll admit that when I heard the race had been adjusted to deal with the heat for a 7:30 start time I kind of scoffed. "It's only 6 miles, not a marathon - what the heck? - people can choose whether to drop out if they feel sick - It's not that hot out - etc." Then I started running and felt bad for thinking those things. My apologies race director. It was hot and humid and I almost puked all over the finish line - but - I got a PR of 27:23!!

I've decided not to count that 5k PR time I got earlier this spring because there is simply no way I ran a 26:00. I'm pretty sure the course couldn't have been official. It went through a trail and was a very low-budget race, so maybe the measurements weren't exact. Regardless, I want to be true to myself and I know this is the fastest 3.1 miles I've ever ran - and conditions weren't exactly "ideal" so I'm really happy! Out of 197 females ages 20-24, I was 87th...woo hoo for being in the front half! :)
The last race of the season is bitter sweet. No more races makes me sad, but sleeping in past 7 am on Saturdays makes me happy.

What kind of last minute changes have you had to deal with at a race? (course re-route, forgot some gear, Garmin died, etc?)

16 comments:

theAlmostRunner said...

You are so fast! I'm running tonight, finally, and am really excited.

I found another picture of Ashley's (from The Bachelorette)bangs and puked again. Just wanted to let you know.

Pam said...

Congratulations!! You sure ran a great race for being surprised by the distance :). I'm not at all flexible, so that news probably would have sent me into a tailspin. Glad you went with it and pulled out a PR!

Quinton J said...

yes...you did a great job. it's not easy to keep your cool when things go wrong. when my garmin died before my last race i was kinda being cool...until i realized that without my garmin the 'mile markers' looked like chinese to a cat who's used to km's. so it goes. here's to sleeping a bit longer!

ashley (redonk runner) said...

This sounds like the fun kind of flexibility! Congrats on the PR!!! glad they didn't completely shut down the race!

Britt said...

At first glance of the title post I thought that maybe you were taking on a new challenge. A quest for gymnast flexibility, darn guess not.

Amazing PR!

FruitFly said...

Congrats on your new PR, Speedy Pants!!

I ran a 5K last August at 5pm - totally threw up and was dry heaving all over the finish from all the heat and not hydrating enough before. That sucks.

My biggest adjustment I had to make was more mental. I was in the start area for my 2nd half marathon (and I didn't know a single person there, so I was doing this all alone) and my iPod had NO music on it. Not a single thing. 13.1 miles alone when you normally have music going is a very loooonnnngggg run!

Justina F. Lee said...

You my good lady, are fast

Richelle said...

Congrats on your new 5K PR! Way to tough out the heat and humidity! You're a rock star!

I ran the Portland Half-Marathon last October and it rained the entire race. I got a PR, but I felt like a wet dog and I was so tired by the end.

Cory Reese said...

Great job at the race! That's awesome.

Team Lando said...

Goofy's race and a half challenge. (Half on Saturday, full on Sunday) Atlanta airport closed. Flight 8 hours late. Missed race expo. Had to get race director's phone number and call cell from airplane on runway. Buddy and I had to show up at 3 am to get wristbands for half marathon on Saturday morning (or else we wouldn't get our Goofy medal).

But I got my goofy medal! Whoohoo!

Courtney @ Third Time's A Charm said...

congrats on the new PR, that's so exciting! i'm hoping to be under 30 minutes before the summer is over... we'll see!

I agree with Pam, I would've been in a tailspin. But I'm working on the whole flexibility thing. Slowly! Way to roll with the punches!

Julia said...

CONGRATS SAM!!! what a good note to end the racing season on! Awesome PR! In my half in February they changed the course from an all downhill to rolling hills course due to flooding. It was a tough change but we kinda just had to go with it...haha! It turned out well and was where I got my half PR as well! Crazy how we just learn to make the best of things ;) have a wonderful day!

Running Ricig said...

Awesome job, way to go with the flow (and not throw up on the finish line!).

Tricia said...

congrats!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

if we adjusted for the heat in miami, i'm not sure we'd ever have a race over 3 miles :) way to go with the flow and PR!!

Erin @ UntilYouTri said...

Aw, congrats on your PR!! And in that horrible heat, too, wow. That's crazy about the last minute change...that definitely would have thrown me for a loop.

I ran one small little low budget Christmas "5k" on year....in 18 minutes. Yeah pretty sure it was more like 2.1 miles instead of 3.1, hahahaha. SO short of a 5k it's not even funny.