Months ago, back when we were in the midst of an eternal and brutally cold winter, a fellow running friend sent me a link to a local 5k/10k.
The Esprit de She. A run for women that would take place on June 26th at 6:30. It sounded like a great idea at the time. At a time when it felt like we’d be in jeans and coats forever, the thought of running on a gentle summer’s night sounded like an amazing idea. The free manicures, massages, wine and food might have helped, too.
So I wrangled in some friends for the ultimate girls’ night out.
Gentle summer’s night my ass.
90-something at race start with 50% humidity and a huge bright sun beating down on us at the starting line. We were not sparkling… it was sweat. Lots of it. My eyes stung and my freshly shaved legs burned and we hadn’t even started running.
And then we were off.
I set off at a very easy pace, I’m not a fan of oppressive heat and we all know that running and I haven’t always been the best of friends.
Here’s the weird thing, it felt good! And, dare I say, effortless? Maybe I was already delusional from being out in the heat for so long, but there was no burn, no tightness in my calves, I was breathing easy-ish… I was actually enjoying it!
Unfortunately, that’s when I psyched myself out. It seemed to be going too well. I began mentally assessing myself for anything that would indicate that I was over doing it. Was I sweating enough? Is my heartbeat too fast? Should I have stopped for water back there?
Could it BE any hotter?
I’m an over thinker.
But I kept on. Walking a bit, running a bit.
It wasn’t my best 5k time, but for the conditions, I’m proud of it. It was only 1 1/2 minutes slower than my most recent PR.
After the race, the sun finally set, and we enjoyed the gorgeous (much cooler) evening and the free wine, buffet, and music. We talked about how amazing our upcoming half will be once it’s finally cooler considering we’ve been training in this heat. I may have said that I anticipated it being a “Piece of cake” – that runner’s high is a crazy thing…
It’s amazing how accomplished you feel after such a grueling run. You know I’ll be freaking out around October.
Injury report: Even though the race went well, and I have no new injuries to report, I am dealing with a back (hip?) issue that I dealt with a while back. I’m not sure what has caused it to rear it’s ugly head, but I’m in a good amount of pain at the moment. (Icing and Aleve is taking the edge off, but work (aka on my feet forEVERRRRRRR) isn’t helping either.