Hi Runners! Welcome back to the bloggggg! So, after only four weeks of training post-injury, my coach decided that he was going to host a 5k time trial at a nearby circuit. It was a two lap course around a lake, with each runner being staggered so as to follow the social distancing rules.
There were around 25 of us running and we arrived at 6:30pm to collect our bibs and start warming up. I was slightly nervous as I hadn’t raced in over six months and it has been two years since my last 5k. I also had no clue what my fitness level was as the trainings over the past couple weeks have been incredibly difficult.
After our 15 minute warm-up, we jogged to the starting line and waited for our names to be called on the list for the staggered start.
Once my name was called, I set off at a fast but comfortable pace. On the first turn, I ran the wrong way and had to run back down the road, but I minused the missed seconds off my finishing time. The first 3k felt comfortably hard, but the final 2k were very very difficult. The last mile was painful and I tried to catch a few runners at the end. I finished in a time of 20:59, having thrown everything into the last mile.
Although it isn’t a lifetime PB, I am so so happy with my finishing time. I honestly wasn’t fully confident going into the trial, and I had no expectations about times so I was delighted with my splits: 4:04, 4:16, 4:16, 4:15, 4:08.
It’s going to take a long time to regain my previous fitness, and even longer to improve my previous fitness and earn new PB’s, but I’m working hard each and every day to achieve my goals. It’s not going to be pretty and it is going to hurt more than it has ever hurt before, but I know I have it in me to become the best possible athlete I can be.
Lots of love