Saturday I ran a 5k. For those of you who have known me for any amount of time, me running 3 miles is not a big surprise. Despite my regularity in running races, yesterday’s race carried with it a few lessons not previously learned. The following are those teaching moments.
1. Texas is HOT in July.
- I imagine that goes without saying but this native Floridian truly had no idea what heat was until my encounter with it at 8am in the morning yesterday.
2. It’s a good idea to research the race and know as much as possible about it before hand.
- Most races I’ve been in have similar characteristics. The most common being water stations every mile if not every half mile. This race was different in that it only had one water station half way through the race. Lack of water combined with the audacious heat made it the hardest race I’ve ran to date. From now on, I will know the exact path the race takes and whether or not I should plan on bringing my own water supply to keep hydrated while running.
3. Success really does vary by circumstances.
- During this race, I did something that I have NEVER done. Half-way into mile 3, I started walking. With every step, I sobbed. I had failed. I couldn’t run a measly 3 miles. I was a F-A-I-L-U-R-E. Oh the misery! I did start running again and finished with a pretty impressive time. It was not until I confessed my wrongdoing to Marshall, however, that I realized that I had failed in no way. I ran a race in heat creeping rapidly towards 100 degrees, a condition that I had never managed before and I did it without a water station every mile either AND I beat my record time.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to run a 5k in 17 minutes like the first guy to cross the finish line did, but my race on Saturday was not a fail situation. I accomplished more than I had ever before and I am a stronger individual as a result.
Now onto August’s race…