Event: runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K
Location: Lawrence, KS
This was my first “Turkey Trot!” Many of my new running friends were signed up for this race. I really have been meeting some awesome ladies from running – I might actually develop a social life! I carpooled to the race with two local friends, Rebecca and Vicki. I ended up running most of the race with Rebecca, while Vicki ran with Shari, who we met up with at the start.
I stayed with Rebecca until mile 2, and was on track for a PR… but then it hit me… that feeling I get… It starts getting hard… I am tired… I’m breathing hard… The little voice starts telling me it is too difficult and I should just walk. And I did what I hate admitting to doing… I walked for a moment. Angry at myself, I started running again and kept checking my watch to see my PR dreams fade away.
I mean… everyone is working hard at 2 miles in, right? Rebecca said later she felt like she was going to puke. Maybe if I would have asked her, hey, if this hard for you, too – she would have said yeah. And I could have gutted it out. I know looking back on it that I could have gutted it out.
Somehow I have to work past that. I would love to hear if anyone has any suggestions for pushing through that last mile. I am thinking maybe next time bringing my headphones and putting on a song to help me through the last stretch. If Daft Punk’s Get Lucky can’t get me through, maybe nothing can?