Yes, this little race and everything about it pretty much sucked.
Last Thursday, myself and 25,000 other runners ran the Chase Corporate Challenge. It’s an annual 3.5 mile race (which I must constantly correct people is so not a 5K…you feel that extra .3K!) where runners enter as a team for their perspective company.
I’ve done this thing for over the past 5 years for 3 different companies, and I really like it because it’s convenient (right in the heart of the city) and the company pays half my $40 entry fee. It’s also cool to be around a bunch of people from your company, although of the 350 runners from my company, I only knew one person. But hey, I’ve only been here for four months.
Also, because it’s right at the end of spring/beginning of summer, the Corporate Challenge is sort of a rite of passage into the running season. I don’t get the best time because I would have just started running, and honestly, running outside before about June never really happens for people in Chicago. I’m just sayin…it’s cold.
So like I said…this race kind of sucked for me this year. Here’s why.
Again, I haven’t been running outside and every bone and joint in my body was on a mission to make this very clear. I literally collapsed in bed after and I didn’t work out for the next four days. You would think I ran a marathon.
I had no energy
So thanks to this friggin Paleo diet (which is honestly going pretty well despite what I’m about to say), my body literally has no-carb panic attacks. I’m almost positive it’s all in my head, but I physically bought into it. I was exhausted that entire day, and the days leading up to the race. So, I did have a little cheat meal earlier that day and got rice in my Qdoba salad. Then, I also got some running gels, hoping that would give me the superpowers I needed. Honestly, it may have worked, but I definitely dreaded the race from start, thinking I wouldn’t finish.
I wasn’t happy with my race time
And here’s what the suckiness comes down to. There is nothing fun about seeing your performance go down, and that’s exactly what I’ve witnessed over the past few years. I ran this at about a 9:20 per mile pace, compared to 8:27 three years ago.
And I know that I could do better if I trained for it and ran more often. However, I don’t know that I really want to invest the time. Between being a fan of HIIT workouts, tennis, dance, and just enjoying the summer, I’m not sure whether I would really squeeze in the extra runs that I need to really improve.So, I’m stuck with this dilemma of being the competitive person I am but having too many other priorities to really follow through with it. I want a good race time, but I want to dabble in all the other fun recreation there is out there (that sounds like something way more interesting than tennis haha).
The lesson in all of this
I think my lesson here is that I have to let something go, and it’s going to have to be the competitor in me. At least as far as running goes. It’s actually a great lesson to learn because that shouldn’t really be the focus anyway – having a great time is much more attainable and enjoyable goal. So if you pass this girl on the street while jogging, have some sympathy…I’ll tame my competitive nature but will probably never kill it.