Official Time: 20:14 I was pretty nervous going into this race. It had been a hot second since I’d raced a 5k – my last one was in December. I’m not even sure what caused the nerves. It was a really small local race with next to no competition. Looking back, I think it’s because I had been vocal about wanting to drop my 5k time down, and I was afraid of falling short of my expectations for myself
The mile was not my favorite race. I preferred the 5ks of cross season, and the 2 mile during track. I vividly remember feeling sick to my stomach the week of those mile time trials in high school. I’m sure it’s because I put so much undue pressure on myself, thinking I had something to prove. Instead, I needed to look at it as a way to get honest feedback on where my fitness currently put me, so that our coach could do a better job of setting my paces for future workouts. All the time trial asks of you is to show up and give your best on that day. As long as you give your best, that’s all you can ask. If you had put in the work all summer, it would undoubtedly show. And if you slacked off? Well, that definitely became apparent as well.