It seems odd to write a race report about a treadmill run, but here goes nothing!
On Saturday I joined hundreds of runners around the country to celebrate Katie Foster’s birthday by running the 2nd Annual Runs for Cookies 5K. The format is simple: sign up, run a 5K wherever/however you can, and report your results.
After a pre-race banana, I headed to the gym. I would have much preferred to run this outside, but the streets are still snow covered and the wind was gusting so loud I could hear it in the house. I didn’t have any real expectation for this run. I would have loved to PR, because my 5K time is still dreadfully slow, but I have a very hard time running for more than a mile non-stop on the treadmill. I don’t know if it’s physical or mental, but it’s a persistent problem.
I ran the first mile at a good (for me) pace, and then walked for a minute. Then, I just set small goals (run for 5 minutes) and tried to meet them. There was one moment when I actually ran longer than my mini goal—when “Can’t Hold Us” came on…that’s the perfect race pace song for me (or at least what I want my race pace to be right now).
As you can see from the pace chart, there was a lot of run/walking going on after the first mile.
This is the third 5K race I’ve run, and for each one I had to run/walk. That’s really frustrating for me, because I can easily run 5K in the neighborhood without stopping to walk. There’s something about racing that messes with my head right now, I guess. Have any other new runners had that problem? Any advice?
Regardless of my run/walking, I finished. This is my “well, I guess it could have been better” face.