You may remember that one of my running goals for 2012 is to PR the heck out of a 5k race or more specifically to run it in 27 minutes or less. A time that is certainly achievable with a little hard work. On Wednesday I decided it was time to start trying to complete that goal and I set out to do a 5k training run to see what kind of time I could manage if I pushed myself. Not to mention, I needed to run off a lot of stress so I knew it would be a perfect opportunity to see what I was made of.
The weather was perfect for a run. It was sunny and in the low 70’s with a light wind. My kind of running weather! From the beginning to the end of the run I pushed myself as hard as I could. At the end of the 3.1 miles I clocked just under 27 minutes 40 seconds. So just 40 seconds shy of my goal time. I was incredibly happy with that considering I am still not anywhere near the kind of shape that I was in when I ran the Tough Mudder. My knee pain and crazy work schedule are to blame for that but I know I will get there again.
Although I was happy with the time I was able to complete the 5k run in, I felt miserable at the end as I was feeling dangerously close to the puke zone. If you run or workout, I am sure you know what I am talking about. A lot of people see the puke zone as a positive sign that you pushed yourself to your limits and while I understand that, I still don’t like going there. I have had many runs where I have felt like I have given it my all while not going anywhere close to the puke zone. And those are the kind of runs I prefer.
At the end of this run I peeled all my running gear off and threw them half- hazardly on the floor where I eventually landed myself until I could will myself back to feeling human again.
How do you feel about the puke zone? Do you view it as a negative or positive part of training?