I’ve been putting this post off for a week now, hoping that I would think of something brilliant and exciting to write about instead of reliving my Payton Jordan disappointment. But, I woke up this morning to a Facebook message asking for another (longer) blog. I was a bit surprised, people are actually reading this thing? So, here it is, for my adoring reader, I hope it rocks your day!
My main objective at Payton Jordan was to get the ‘A’ standard for the US National Championships. I ended up running 8 seconds off the automatic qualifier and gained a better respect for the 5k. I went into the race confident I could run sub 15:40, so when we came through the mile at 5 minute pace I knew the race was set up perfectly for me, but I felt horrible. I hung onto the lead pack for as long as I possibly could. During lap 6 I even made a move hoping that my legs would be rejuvinated by a faster pace. I was unsuccessful. In a race I truly believe I had a shot to win, I ended up 12th.
I am a firm believer that you don’t need to have bad days. I didn’t have ‘one of those days’, because to me that sounds like a bad excuse for running poorly. If something goes wrong that means you didn’t prep well. For Payton Jordan I probably pulled back too much – it sucks that I started the race with flat legs, but I survived, lived another day, and now know that I have to change my prep for the next big one. No excuses.
Plus I guess I can’t be too upset, it was a PR by over a minute!