This weekend I toed the line at Tri It‘s Rice Run 5K! The course would be flat and fast, there would be delicious food at the finish, and proceeds would go to Inspire Sport to help support Cuban athletes.
By the time Sunday arrived my legs were pretty cooked! I ran hill repeats plus a tempo interval for 498 feet of climbing earlier in the week.
A 13 mile long run on Friday afternoon with 535 feet of climbing.
A bike ride on Saturday with over 1500 feet of climbing.
I was on a mission to seek out hills this past week.
I went out to Tri It a bit early on Sunday so I could get in a bit of a warm up/”let’s tire the legs out a bit more” run. My legs were stiff and tired so running a 5K would be interesting! I made it back to Tri It with enough time to visit the bathrooms and attempt a few warm up exercises at the start line.
Rice Run 5K Race Report
Then sharply at 9 am we were off! I tried to settle into a comfortably hard pace. I hung on my friend Carla‘s heels for a little bit but when I realized that my legs were feeling okay I decided to push on. I knew that Neil, my mother-in-law and Peat would be waiting and cheering at the turn around so I kept that in my mind for motivation. I tried to give them a little wave but as Neil said to me later, he could tell I was working hard!!
I still find it difficult to race 5Ks…how do I meter out my effort so that I’m pushing really hard the entire 5K without fading in the final mile? I was getting really tired in the final mile. I absolutely didn’t want to give in and walk so I told myself that I could pull back on the pace a bit, I just couldn’t walk.
When I could tell that the finish line was ahead I found it in me to pick the pace up and try to push hard again. Holy cow it hurt though!! I finished in 28:23. It was a touch slower than the Stoked For Oats 5K in November, but I pushed and gave it my all today. Once the run was done I headed in to Tri It to get a delicious rice bowl!
The rice bowl was topped shredded carrots and beets, scallions, almonds, and a delicious tahini sauce. All in all it was a fun race and a great way to practice a little bit of mental toughness!