10:47 in December – 10:32 in February = 15 seconds closer to my goals!
So I’m actually still at the track where I ran my race! We got here at 2:30, I raced at 4:30, and we don’t leave until 9 pm. We’ll get back after midnight. Fun times.
I’ve been very fatigued for the past 4 or so days… After the really hard long run, I felt like I wasn’t recovering at all. I had to work out alone on Tuesday since I am not yet allowed to do track workouts, and my body felt pretty heavy. Guess it’s just that point in the season where accumulation of training starts to hit us!
I can always tell when I’m more exhausted than usual because my dreams get very vivid and random. Over the past couple nights, I’ve dreamed about long jumping, decapitation, cheese, and a ton of other random topics. Anyway, my body has been complaining, but I still wanted to do well in this 3k.
I did my shakeout around 10 this morning and failed to stretch before rushing to the bus and sitting without moving for three hours. Not the greatest plan 😉 We warmed up an hour before the race, then did drills and went to the bathroom the requisite 400 times.
We didn’t really get a race plan for this race, but I wanted to PR and, best case, run in the 10:20s. The gun went off, and I latched onto two girls in front before passing one of them. I stuck with the first place girl for the next 13 laps, and I didn’t look at the clock but I’m pretty sure we passed the mile somewhere between 5:30 and 5:33. My coach yelled at me to pass the girl on every single lap, but I didn’t. I was scared to pass her and not aggressive and my left leg was still hurting.
I knew we were slowing down a bit. Finally, as we were entering the last lap, I tried passing the girl. I went by her on the homestretch and held the lead for a whopping 15 meters before she passed me right back. I don’t blame her; I would not want to lead for 14 laps and not win. Anyway, she closed 3 seconds faster than I did, and my teammate commented afterwards… “You looked strong!…except for that last lap.”
I got second place in 10:32. 15 seconds faster than what I ran in December and a faster conversion than my high school 3200 PR. Converts to 10:26 on a banked track. Yay! I need to be more aggressive, though, and get better at dealing with the discomfort. Then I will achieve my goals.
After the race, I cooled down with my teammates, stretched, iced my leg, and ate a cookies and cream Quest bar, baked pasta with meatballs and cheese, and a Ghirardelli chocolate square. I then had a “Popeye” smoothie with spinach, apple juice, banana, pineapple, and peaches!
I’ll just sit here listening to G-Eazy and cheering on my teammates and pretending to do my macroeconomics homework until we leave. I’m pleased with my race today. Currently ranked around 3,000th in the NCAA 😉 Additionally, my teammates just ran amazingly at Iowa State!