Last weekend I ran a virtual relay race as part of the Pittsburg Marathon. I’m not writing a race recap, but I did want to share a few race reflections! What better time to do that than over a warm cup of (strong) coffee? I have a few other things to share as well.
Virtual Relay Race Reflections Over Coffee
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I was not at all in “racing” shape. I trained for a 5k in January/February and ran my 5k virtual race at a 6:54 pace. My leg of the race was 4.2 miles. So longer than a 5k, but closer to a 5k than 10k.
I knew I couldn’t run 5k pace so I planned for more like 10k, or a tempo run. I ended up running a 7:25 pace, but it was also pretty windy. This was pretty much where I expected to be (maybe even a little faster than I expected for that day), although it’s frustrating that I’ve lost some fitness in two months.
The Importance of Training
I was reminded of WHY I like to train for races that I am going to “race” (vs just run for fun). Mentally, I struggled throughout this whole run because I was not used to running faster. My legs didn’t know what they were doing. My lungs hurt after the race was over, thanks to the cold weather. I just wasn’t used to faster running.
A Virtual Relay is Fun
This was a fun way to do a virtual race. I got to know my teammates who are also part of the Brooks Run Happy Team. We put together some fun reels, picked a team name (Ladies Who Launch) and planned our race day outfits. It was the next best thing to running in person!
Final Race Reflections
I would tell you that this race questioned my desire for train for/run shorter distance races again. I know that it’s mostly because I didn’t train. But it also made me miss longer distance races. My last one was in November when I did a 10 miler on Thanksgiving. The problem is, if I’m going to ease back into in-person races I will probably be starting with a shorter race like a 5k. I guess I need to keep up with a bit of speedwork!
That’s about all for my race reflections! Overall I was happy with how this went.
Venturing Into the Real World
Ok so totally switching gears, I went to Target last week for the first time since COVID started. It was 4pm on a Thursday. I just needed some greeting cards. (Like a bunch, which is super annoying as it is and I am the worst at picking out cards).
The store was packed, and people were just acting like nothing was different. I am pretty sure everyone was wearing a mask (there were signs outside the store) but social distancing was NOT happening. I hate when I’m trying to look for a card and someone comes over to look in the same area. Well this happened a few times and I had to move to another section to get some space.
I didn’t like crowded stores before the pandemic, and I’m still not used to being out in public, so this was stressful for me.
It’s almost Mother’s Day!
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How do you feel about racing hard without training?
Do you go to Target these days? Does it make you anxious?
Are you celebrating Mother’s Day?