This morning I ran a 5K time trial. It was an average morning here in Singapore. The temperature was about 80 F and the humidity was 82%. Luckily for me, the sun stayed hidden behind the clouds during the time trial.
Ian and Ming from the college came for support, and my cousin came to help with the timing.
This was the first time for me to run a 5K on the track. I can't think of a more boring place to run 5K, except for maybe the treadmill. But at least I know the distance is accurate.
I got to the track and did some warm-up running. I felt good and relaxed. I have had a couple of easy days so I was fresh.
My goal for today was to run somewhere between 18:30 to 18:35.
I was running this time trial by myself, so I was a little worried about it.
When Ming said go, I took off. I felt relaxed but I came around the first lap too slow, the same for the second lap. I don't know why but I always start slow. Maybe I am afraid of how it is going to hurt if I go faster.
Ian and Ming saw I was going too slow, so they jumped in and paced me for a couple of laps to get me on pace. (I guess that is a little cheating, but I am thankful to them for doing that.)
After a couple more laps, Ming yelled out that I had some seconds stored in the "Piggy Bank" (meaning I was faster than my goal pace for 18:30). When I heard him say that, it reminded me of a radio commercial I heard somewhere about "Feeding the Pig", so I kept thinking in my mind I have to "Feed the Pig" and store more seconds in the bank each lap. That gave me motivation to keep pushing it. Each lap I was putting more seconds in the bank. I could tell I was going to be under my goal and I was getting excited.
Lap 9 and 10 hurt, my legs were getting heavy, and for a split second I felt I wasn't going to make it, but I was able to put those thoughts out of my mind and go back to trying to "feed the pig".
The last couple of laps I found some extra strength from somewhere and really finished strong.
I finished with a time of 18:07.28. I was shocked when I first heard the time, then was upset at myself for not pushing it a little harder and going under 18:00.
I want to especially thank Ian and Ming for getting me on pace after a couple of disastrous first couple of laps. If I can go out faster may I can get under 18. (However, if I went out faster, maybe I wouldn't have as much at the end.)
I also want to thank my "boy-crazy" cousin for refraining from chasing Ming long enough to help with the timing. (Poor Ming!)
There was also one more funny thing that happened during the time trial. A stupid crow flew over me and did its business right on top of me. While I was running I felt it hit the top of my head, but there was nothing I could do about it. I just had to continue running with it running down my hair. Stupid Bird!!!
I finished off by running to complete about 8 miles.
All in all, I was very satisfied with today, and it built my confidence. I know I can go under 18 minutes now.
I need to learn to go out faster, but not really sure how to go about it.