Today I ran the Irish Runner 5 mile, first in the Dublin City Marathon Race Series. This was my third time running this race and I enjoyed it as much this year as I have the other two years.
It was, however, my first time running two races so close to each other. 6 days ago I ran a 10k race where I PB’d by 5 minutes. I wasn’t sure how my body would cope with racing again so soon afterwards. I know for a lot of runners it’s no big deal, but for me it was an unknown.
That’s why I’m sure I’ll shock you all when I say I’m happier with this race than I am with a lot of my races! Not only did I PB again, but I was in control the whole time and I ran the race I wanted to run.
After the success of my 10k PB earlier this month, I felt more anxious than I should have about today’s Irish Runner 5 mile race. I just didn’t want to get too confident and then have things go badly; because things DO go badly sometimes, I wanted to be prepared for that. I wavered between being hopeful for a good race and being worried it would be a bad one! This race was a big deal for me, being the first race in the Dublin Marathon Race Series it made training for the marathon that much more official in my mind.
Anyway, I gradually got myself into a mindset that ‘what will be will be’ and focused on my training and making sure I hit my distances, especially the long runs. Given that I’m currently running 9 mile LSRs, a 5 mile race really shouldn’t be a problem.
Today I ran my 3rd 5 mile race, the Dublin Simon Fun Run, and I surprised myself by running a PB!
Given that I was so unprepared and seriously down in training time, I had hoped I’d beat my previous 5 mile time but wasn’t aiming for it. I just wanted to enjoy the atmosphere and the race!
And you know what? I did all of the above!
By the way…I have a race this Saturday which I’m so unprepared for! It’s the Dublin Simon 5 mile Fun Run and unfortunately I’m not really feeling capable of running 5 miles right now. But, I’m feeling pretty positive about the race too, I’m not worried or nervous or anything. It did kinda creep up on me though! Time flies, right?
Yesterday I ran the Irish Runner 5 mile race. It’s part of the Dublin Marathon Race Series, and my second 5 mile race.
It was pretty awesome. I gotta say! Despite the torrential downpour at mile 4, it was one of the better races I’ve run. I mean that both in terms of how it was organized, and how I did. By that I mean I’m excited to say I finished the race with a PB!
But before I get ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning!
So I have a 5 mile race on Saturday. This Saturday. Like, less than 2 days away Saturday.
I am so unprepared for this. I haven’t trained the way I want to and this has been a really bad week. I’m not ready, but, paradoxically, I’m not really worried about it.
So what’s going on?
A wise person once said “The voice you listen to creates the reality you live in”. I never felt the truth of those words as much as I did today.
This morning I ran the Terenure 5 mile race. I finished with a chip time of 1:13:12. All in all I’m pretty happy with my run, even though I was hoping to finish in 1:10:00. It definitely wasn’t the slowest long run I’ve ever done, so progress is progress!