Tonight was kind of bittersweet. It was my last race of the Bond Brook 5K Race Series for this year. I know that there is one more race next Thursday at 6:00 P.M., but I have a “you will attend event” for my wife’s work, so I will miss it. I have a feeling I would rather run the race, but sometimes you gotta do, what you gotta do.
I have really enjoyed this trail race series at lot!!!! The people who ran the events were great and the other runners that I have met were fantastic. I have also learned a lot and realized that racing isn’t that bad. Which is something that I needed and I feel a lot more comfortable lining up at the starting line of a race than I used to and I give a lot of the credit to this trail race series and the people that I have competed with during the race.
But the best part of this races series was that it was:
That was the most important thing that I learned during this series was that running a race didn’t have to be a stressful thing, with all the great expectations that I used to put on myself. So if I take nothing else away from this series, I will have that.
Besides trail running is getting in my blood and I plan to do a lot more of it.
Tonight’s race though, I just didn’t feel right, I tried an experiment in what I ate before the race and really wish that I hadn’t, my stomach was off a bit. I went out pretty slowly and then coming down one of the hills, I went ass over tea kettle and even though I got right back up, I just felt off for the next few minutes. When I got my stride back, it wasn’t the same pace.
I wasn’t the only one that fell, one of the women, who I have been competing with all summer, fell about 1/2 mile later and while she was okay, it did slow her down enough that I caught up and passed her and held her off during the last quarter.
The good news was that I set a new course PR, by 2 seconds. I really thought that I was slower than last time, but I wasn’t. The bad news, I didn’t break 26:00 like I really wanted to. Three things I learned tonight:
- Don’t eat a certain thing before running, it bothers my stomach
- Wear trail running shoes, when running trail races – they do make a difference
- When you fall, push yourself to get back to your pace as fast as possible, if you aren’t hurt. Otherwise you loose too much time.
Overall, a good race, a course PR and learning what to do next time.