Well folks, today I finished another 5 k race. I didn't have high hopes for this one. Since New Year's I've ran only once due to being rather ill for 10 days. And the one run I did was really, really tough. So my goal was just to run the whole 5 k today, not worry about my time.
It's been a trying couple of weeks. I had a rush job at work, which ended on Thursday with an awful, hostile meeting with my colleagues. All while sick. Not cool. One of those times that tries anyone's soul. I've been stewing over it for the past few days.
So when the race started, I was near the front (it was a small one) and I was out of the gates like a bat out of hell. The announcer had lost track of time and didn't have a chance to give us a countdown to start time, so I was off fumbling with my Garmin, trying to get my ipod clipped on and playing my tunes, all while pumping my feet much, MUCH faster than I should have been. I realized pretty quick I was going too fast, but I started to think about work and got deeper into the rage-y mode so I kept pace for a bit, until I started getting nauseous. I regained my senses and slowed down to a more normal pace, but the damage was done. I was out of my usual running zone. At about the 4 k mark I took a walking break. I was crushed, my only goal had been to run the whole thing. After a short walk I picked up the pace and managed my usual sprint finish. Forgot to shut off my Garmin at the end (for some reason I REALLY get into the sprint finishes and the brain goes out the window - the end is never pretty). Found my other half, commiserated about my walking break and waited for the results. Garmin told me I was coming in about 4 minutes past my usual race time, I wasn't thrilled.
But then the results were posted, and low and behold a personal best at 30:29!! A full 16 seconds shaved off my best time - and that's including walk break.
So the lesson learned is to get out that door when you're hopping mad and try for a fast angry run. Dual benefit - personal best and I feel much, much better.
Next goal - shaving that 29 seconds down further.