Disclaimer: Today I am being honest. It wouldn’t be fair if I wasn’t. I love to share happy posts and share fun new things, but today I just can’t be 100% optimistic.
Sunday I ran the Boston Athletic Association’s 10K. For those of you are unfamiliar, the B.A.A. is the non-profit organization that hosts the Boston Marathon every year. They host a 5K, 10K, and half marathon as well throughout the year. As a runner, I have always dreamed of obtaining one of their medals. I did just that on Sunday.
In case this is your first time reading, running has always been totally mental for me and I have had a really hard time calling myself a “runner.” I’m kind of over that phase now but running is never something I felt very confident about, but I continue to run and participate in races.
I signed up to run for the B.A.A. 10K (my first) with my best friend who is currently training for a marathon, so a 6 mile run is short for her these days. I thought it would be best that we run in the corral we each felt comfortable in – I didn’t want to keep her behind, and I didn’t want to over exert myself trying to keep up. Besides, you never really feel like you’re running alone when you’re running a race. The B.A.A. 10K had almost 8,000 participants so I was far from lonely. The course was a great view of Boston and mostly flat. The only real tough part was the heat.
I have mixed feelings after Sunday’s race. I set a very conservative finish time for myself because I like to set goals for all of my races, but also like to be realistic. I am disappointed to report that I came in over 7 minutes beyond that conservative goal. I should have been able to run 3-4 miles comfortably and from there I knew I would need to push a little bit. My joints were bothering me by mile two and my headphones died shortly after. Talk about a #hotmess. I’m not sure what factors were at play – my mentality, the heat, being anxious all week – but I simply was not on my A game on Sunday.
That being said – I am still really proud of myself. I finished my longest run (ever) and ran my first 10K injury free! I trained a good amount, but I know I could have trained more. I am taking a lot away from this race probably because it wasn’t as successful as I hoped.
By sharing with you that I wasn’t 100% on Sunday, I hope you learn to be easy on yourself in similar situations and realize not every day will be great. My girls Amanda and Ander preach in their Hot and Healthy Habits to be kind to yourself and I am doing just that after Sunday’s not so great turnout. Beating yourself up relative to body image or success of a workout is not fair to do and will only set you back. That’s why in this situation I am still rewarding myself with my accomplishment but I am looking objectively on what I can do better next time. 🙂