13 Races Since MARCH!?!?!

Only 5 weeks left until I’m completely done with nursing school! To say I am excited is a MAJOR understatement. I have been working so hard to reach this goal and have sacrificed a lot to get where I am today. It all comes down to these last 5 weeks and if I can make it through them or not. It has been a long, hard road, but I am so proud of where I am standing today.

With everything with school this week and getting ready for my son’s 7th birthday, I didn’t get to update about my AWESOME 5k last Sunday morning with my Running Bestie, Sarah.

Going into this 5k, Sarah and I had talked about want to smash our current PR’s for 5ks. She really wanted under 34 minutes and I wanted more than anything to beat my most recent 5k time of 38:14 (hey I’m slow and sweaty, remember?). I was really hoping for something under 38 minutes if possible, but I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it because I hadn’t really run since the 10k we did the week before and really hadn’t done much training before that.

It was FREEZING that morning. The coldest morning we’ve had for a race since the St. Patrick’s Day 5k back in March.

I wasn’t feeling very confident at the beginning of the race because I was so cold and so tired from working the night before, which is the norm for me on race days, but that day I was extra tired for some reason. I told myself at the beginning of the race that if I don’t beat my goal, then it was okay and then listed all the excuses in my head that would cause me to not get a a PR today.

The race started and we were off and running. I just decided to do my own thing and go at my own pace and not worry about everyone else around me. When I get caught up in all the hype of the beginning of a race, I tend to start off way too face and it bites me in the ass later on, but not today. Not this race.

I finished my first mile in my usual 11:22 and chugged on for mile 2, which normally I finish much slower than mile 1. Mile 2 came in right around 12:28, which is actually a lot faster than when I have been getting mile 2. I pushed on for mile 3 and I just had it in my head that there was no way that I was going to get under my goal, but I kept going in my usual 2 min run/1 min walk pace. At one point I looked down at my watch and saw that I was at almost 3 miles and I hadn’t even hit 34 minutes yet. That’s when I realized that I was going to do it. I was going to be under 38 minutes!

I crossed the finish line at 36:55! 1 minute and 19 seconds faster than my most recent PR for a 5k! I almost started crying when I crossed the finish line. I never thought that I would get under a 37 minute 5k…I had been working so hard for so long and for some reason I just felt I wasn’t getting any faster, but I DID IT! And it felt amazing! By the way, Sarah smashed her goal too! Go Sarah!

Honestly, the best race I have had all year. Lucky number 13!

Next race isn’t until the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I’ve got to buckle down on the studies and get ready to pass my finals so I can graduate in December. Once that is over, it’s back to the grind of racing as much as I possibly can. It’s going to be EPIC!

And now, I must head off to work my 12 hour midnight shift. Hoping to get a  run in the morning when I’m off if I am feeling up to it.

Happy Friday!







Happy PR Smashing Girls!
Sarah and Jen