Today was the Celtic Solstice 5 miler. I had a goal for this race. It wasn’t a time goal, bur rather a goal to think positive through the entire race. And even though my friend canceled on me, so I did the race by myself – it might have been my best race of the year. It’s very cute; a little parade and men in kilts.
I started in the back – so as not to start out too fast. I am kind of competitive and will want to run at a pace that isn’t in my warehouse. I just took it easy – listening to my Tegan and Sara.
I pushed up the hills, keeping to the same the pace as best I could, and leaning back a little. I don’t have a Garmin and may never get one. It didn’t hurt that the only hills in this race were at the beginning. There was a little bit of looping, which can sometimes make me pick up my pace.
I refused to let the negative thoughts in. I pushed them all out saying, we are almost at mile 2, there is the water stop, let’s get to the lake… I know “they” say the first mile is the hardest. For me, I don’t start to get into it until a little after mile 3. Once I hit the lake – I knew I could do it. I ran around the lake, hit the downhill and still had enough energy to sprint to the finish. The clock said 1:04; I started in the back – so, I might be a little less. Results aren’t posted online yet. I didn’t wait around in the cold to get my time at the tent.
I still think there is something to be said for the Galloway Method. I had about a 12 minute mile pace. When I stick with my 9 and 1’s. I run around 10 or 11 minute mile and end up – including the walking around a 12 minute or so mile pace. Although, for me, I have a mental battle once I have walked – even if only for a minute. I was able to push forward, knowing I wanted to finish without walking.
Either way, I really like the 5 mile distance. The 5k distance isn’t enough for me to get to the point where I start to like running. After 4 or 5 mile runs, I start to get the endorphins kicking and I start to feel some power. At this point, my legs are still getting a little tired at about 4.5, but I am getting there – like I said the other day, I am an athlete.
This was a fun race – led by bag pipers and wolf hounds. PLUS – the premium is this bright blue snugly brooks shirt. And it definitely helped to end with Adele and the Proclaimers. Don’t judge!