Last night I just didn’t feel like blogging at all. I was tired after the Bond Brook Race, we didn’t eat until late, the Patriots and Olympics were on – I know such problems to have – right.
Any way, I did the Bond Brook 5K Trail race series again last night, I have made 3 out of 4 races (the only one I missed I was in Minnesota) and have improved my time during each race. However, last night was the toughest one for me.
Why was it so tough?
- Hot – fairly high 70’s
- Humid – no doubt about it
- Hamstrings – bothered enough that in several places I backed off instead of pushing when I normally would have – i.e. going up the hills – is when the hamstrings really bothered me.
- Hills – that last half mile after getting off the single track is a bitch, not big hills, but rolling hills which are pain in the butt, until you go downhill to the finish.
Overall, I was very pleased with my time. Here is the link to the results page.
After the race, I looked as though I had gone swimming! Lesson learned, do not wear cotton t-shirt in summer race . I knew that, but did any way – sometimes have a brain cramp and then afterwards, go “why did I do that?” It didn’t help with my racing that is for sure.
I did go out a little faster than I have been and should have pushed harder on the single track, but I got behind a few people and let them set the pace. Then I had some problems pushing myself, over by the parking lot and on the hills during the last half-mile. If I ran wrong or landed wrong my hamstrings would bark at me a little, so that was in the back of my mind the whole race too.
What disappointed me the most was my lack of mental toughness, it just wasn’t there last night. In the last mile I let three people pass me without fighting them for the pass – I just let them go. That is very unlike me, so I will work on that next race.
There isn’t a race next week, so it will give my hamstrings a chance to really recuperate and maybe I will do a little informal speed and hill work, when they start feeling better. I have a challenge with a couple of the ladies that passed me last night – so I have a little extra motivation to run a little faster .
I have also decided not to run in the 5K this weekend due to my hamstrings. This is not an excuse to not race, but a reason – there is a big difference. The race has us going up Mayflower Hill by Colby and after last night, racing up a decent sized hill might not be too smart – better safe than sorry. I know me too well and while trails can be a little self-limiting, running a road race, I would push myself pretty hard and well that wouldn’t do my hamstrings any good yet.
I am enjoying the 5K Trail Series, because I am learning a lot about myself and my race tactics, which I haven’t used in such a long time.