About a month ago I got an email from MFP.
“We are forming a team to run the local Memorial Day 10K. We need 6 runners and we only have 5, so I added you to our team.”
I read the email a few times and walked away.
My response, after a few hours of dread, was “ugh.”
My training throughout the winter and spring had been sporadic at best. And I haven’t run a road 10K since like 2009. So though I should have been excited, since a new PR was inevitable, I just couldn’t get on board mentally.
The kids’ track seasons were in full swing, and along with the added travel, came an extra layer of household stress.
There were many days that I had every intention to run long or to run fast, but life got in the way.
MFP injured his knee, so even he, the one who got me into the mess, couldn’t be a source of inspiration. (Aside: he won his age group on a bum knee and little to no training two days after climbing Mt. Whitney.)
Still, I joined friends on a few hilly trail runs and I went to the track a few times for some half-hearted repeats.
Motivation comes and goes these days, but I can’t keep waiting around for perfect conditions to put myself out there. And believe me, there were about 45 times that I contemplated not showing up.
When I told MFP that I had decided not to run the race, he was like,”Look, I have a messed up knee and I am going to try to run. You have no excuse.”
The night before the race, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw this:
I took a picture of it and went to bed.
The next morning my middle son said, “Mom I’ll run with you. You’re going to be fine.”
The thing about the course is that two of the six miles are uphill. So you can’t really fake fitness or run it as a “tempo run.” I mean in what tempo run does your heart rate sky rocket and leave you feeling nauseous? And if you answer that with “always,” then you are not doing them correctly.
So long story short, I ran and PR’ed.
The last time I ran this race I ran 46:06. This time I ran 42:33. Not too bad.
Yep, I look like I’m about to cry.
So that was that.
6:50.7 average for 6.2 miles. (Mile 4 was 7:53 and mile 6 was 7:22; so yeah.)
There are no miracles in running, but I’ll take it.
And now off to summer training.