Thankful for a Thanksgiving 5k PR and a Family Affair 10k

I am thankful for much more than a PR but I guess that was the start of a great Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving break so I thought I would start with that! img_0842

It’s only a 2-second PR but I will take it.  Stuff the Pantry 5k was an all around great race (festive and charitable) with a solid pack of women fighting hard.  I was supposed to run this race easy and save my energy for the 10k I had planned on Saturday butttttt I may not have listened to the plan for a couple of reasons.  I just mentally felt ready to race Thursday morning and was excited to feel the rush and the fatigue that comes with digging deep in a race.  I just felt confident and ready and I wanted capitalize on this feeling.

There are many times I show up to local races just not in a race mood.  The competitive side kicks in as soon as the gun goes off and I manage to pull it together and put up a decent time but the fight was never really there.  Thursday morning the mental game was on and I wanted to prove to myself that when the mental aspect is on point, I am capable of fighting for a time that may not even seem possible.  The gun went off and I took off with 3 other women.  The pace felt fast but manageable.  I remained relaxed and just tucked in with the pack.  At mile 2, my super speedy teammate (If you are reading this from Facebook, HI!!) took off and I just told myself to go with her.  It was fast, but I was ready to just hang on and see where it would take me.   I wasn’t totally sure where the other two females from our 4 pack were until one of them surged in front of me at about 2.75.  At that point, I just told myself that I came ready to fight, I have already put up a good fight, GET GOING…so I took off and in the push, I realized I could potentially fight for first but with a second between us, my teammate had a well-deserving win! It was a race where everything fell together perfectly. The leading females set a solid pace that was manageable but I definitely had to work, my mental game was in fight mode rather than, “mhmm maybe I’ll just run kinda fast and settle for 4th”, and my legs were ready and willing to go along with it all! 🙂 …kind of an important piece.

I may have also disobeyed my schedule because Fleet Feet gift cards were prizes and Thanksgiving was also my mom’s birthday!!….In case the 6 bottles of Ithaca wine wasn’t enough, I wanted to have a gift card ready to throw in 😉

Moving forward, I wanted to prove to my coach that I don’t always break the rules when I run races so I promised to not race the 10k on Sunday and keep it the progression run that we now had planned.  My intentions were genuine, but darn…progression runs are not easy to gauge and do not mix well in a race when the first mile is usually the fastest. haha.  

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The progression run wasn’t super specific but I have a feeling 7:02.4 to 7:01.5 was not the progression coach had in mind.  In the midst of semi-failing in the progressing aspect, I was getting overheated so I planned to ditch my undershirt at a specific spot around mile 3-4 so I think I was getting over-excited to shed some layers and unconsciously sped up. And of course, in the process of ripping my shirt off, I hit the pause button on my watch and didn’t realize for almost a quarter mile so everything was thrown off.  It was actually comical how hard I tried to follow directions but was failing in every way.  haha.  I even chatted with Beth (@babfitrunlife) the morning of the race to get her advice on how I should tackle it and we agreed on a strategy.  By the second split I just had to laugh because I knew Bethany was going to be like MEL WHAT DID YOU DO???..THAT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE TO WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT! haha.  Oh well. It was such a fun race and one where my brother, my mom and I were all on the course and my dad was at the finish.

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..these races are not as often as they used to be but they are the best races! 🙂

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In addition to being a little family affair, there was also a solid South Hadley Cross Country Alumni showing!

Adding to all this Thanksgiving running stuff, GapFit is killing it with running attire and I took full advantage of the 50% off Black Friday sales…

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GapFit leggings are the best and my mom can attest to that after I bought her a pair for her birthday and found myself back at Gap 24 hours later getting her another pair.  So YES, the Fleet Feet gift card stayed in my possession because I found something else to complement the wine.  The Neon vest was another GapFit purchase and was intended to be worn during dark, early morning and evening runs but I couldn’t help throwing it on for 4 easy miles when I saw how well it matched my Kinvaras!

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My Boston 2016 jacket does not match as nicely but it always feels nice to throw it on and be reminded of the accomplishment – especially during last Sunday’s longer run in the wind.  I can’t wait to see what the 2017 colors will be!!

Lastly, my favorite pre-run snack or breakfast has been a Frothy butter coffee with Collagen Peptides (blend up coffee, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides) and almond butter & banana toast.  Quick, easy and full amino acids, energy, fats and carbs!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and took a moment in the midst of the all the Turkey Trotting to be grateful for having the ability to run!

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