Sorry for the absence, but the invite to the blogger system expired.
This past Saturday was the Anthem 5K. The Saturday before I ran in the Run to the Sun. I did pretty good for myself in that race. I Ran it in 34 minutes:14. I ran out of gas the last mile at mile 3 the sign said 24:45. Based on that time I was really excited. I was thinking maybe in the Anthem I could run under 25 minutes.
But about Wednesday of last week, I started to develop that could junk everybody was getting. So I decided to take Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off from training in a effort to feel better for Saturday. Come Friday, I was miserable. I was coughing, runny nose, and little bit of a fever. I was disappointed, I knew I wasn't going to be 100% Saturday, if I could even do it. I went to bed early Friday night, but still my nose and coughing did not allow me to get a good night's sleep. Saturday morning came, I was determined to be there for the race, even if I had to walk it. I took some Bynadryl
before the race and decided to run. It was a very difficult run trying to get enough air in a stuffed up nose. The important thing I did not give up. My time was 28 minutes and 35 seconds, my second best time for a 5K. Came in 2,373 place. I thought that was pretty good considering the circumstances, but I still wonder, what I could have done at 100%.
After the race Saturday, physically I felt terrible. My body was completely drained. At the end of the race I was very dehydrated from taking the cold medicine, despite the fact of drinking 3 16 OZ bottles of water before the race. But mentally, I was on cloud 9. I looked back at myself, a year ago and thought, there was no way I could have done this at 100% back then. Even back in October, when I ran in the Race for the Cure, I was thinking back then, maybe I can break the 30 minute mark for the Anthem. There I was in Anthem, ran the race In under 29 minutes, but I was disappointed. I just thought to myself, look how far I have come. Despite feeling terrible, it brought a smile to my face. An accomplishment in itself.
Bring on the City Run.