Another race complete, another post race "what if" session. I ran the Martha Jefferson 8K in Charlottesville, VA this past Saturday. Like all races, I ran it, enjoyed it, processed it and then tore it apart the next day based on how much pain I was in. I do apologize for the lack of pictures, I'm not a selfie kind of girl, don't think I ever will be!!
The course this year in essence was reversed from last years. Starting at the downtown mall, a 5.08 mile loop (I think the course was a little short) with tons of ups and downs. We ran through a few neighborhoods and then again back to the downtown mall. I enjoyed the ups but get nauseous and nervous on the steep downhills. Nausea, I'm not sure where that is coming from but I've been experiencing it a lot more with down hill running. The nervousness on the down hill running goes back to my IT band injury. I REALLY don't want that to come back!
The race was not chip timed but gun timed, which DID affect my time. My running friend and I started mid pack and ran into quite a bottleneck. My GPS would not pick up so I relied on hers and the callers (called splits at the mile markers) for my times. We were 30 seconds off the start so I adjusted my finish time to reflect my REAL time. I ran a 37:44. My best (I've only run 1 other 8K) and finished 5th in my age group. I complained early this week that MY age group was by far the fastest on the course, the winner of my age group was 32:08.
I shouldn't be disappointed, running in the 7's has been a goal of mine but the ubber competitive person inside of me is thinking that I need to be in the low 7's to place in the running world that I live and compete in. Most 5K's in my area are won by runners in the 18's. I don't see 6's in my future but I do see the low 7's. I'll get there, I just need to learn how to and start doing speed workouts. I've always put them on my training schedule but shy away from them in fear that I will get injured or that they will be too hard. If I had the extra cash sitting around, I'd hire a coach but that's not going to happen.
Sorry for going on and on. Ending thought, if you are in the Cville area, the MJ8K is a GREAT raec. Well organized and fun to run. Not too big and typical Cville running (lots of hills).