It turns out that the lead-legs I had two weeks ago were gone when last week rolled around. Although I didn't run as much as I would have liked to over the course of the week, my time at the Corporate Cup made up for it.
|The extent of my weekly training|
Over the years I have found that in order to have a successful race you have to know that you're going to have an awesome race before you start running. Every part of your body has to believe in your ability. When you're in that race, every part of your mind has to be focused on what you're doing. And it has to come naturally, without you actually thinking about doing it. In the race wind doesn't matter, the runners around you don't matter, nor do the fit of your sneakers. The race flies by, not because you're running so fast, but because your whole mind and body are fully immersed in the run.
And that is just what happened last Thursday.
Of course, a few Reese's Peanut Butter cups before the race didn't hurt either ;) Nor did my new fancy Old Navy shirt.
My final time was a 20:29 which was good enough for 6th female. What made this time so special for me is that it was the first 5K post-tachycardia ablation that was back at my "college running days" pace. It is possible that a real warm-up before the race helped to lower my time or that my training was better this year after the marathon. Either way, it was nice to see a 5K time faster than 21:00. The surgery itself probably did not cause me to run slower. It's more likely that I did not completely believe in myself over the last three years, thus running slower.
Needless to say, I am very thankful that I can run today without having to worry about my heart. And it is exciting to see what I am capable of in each of my races.
Up Next: Keybank Vermont City Marathon (Half Marathon) on Sunday
P.S. Did anyone watch Idol this year? It took me so long to write this post because I was watching the finale. I know people are going to say that Jessica is a much better singer, but I personally loved Phillip from day one and am so happy he won!!