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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Push PAST "Quit", I want you to hit "FAILURE!"

These are the wise motivating words of My friend Sarah. I hear these words often in spin class.
let me explain.

  Sarah knows that the mind will tell us to quit before the body hits it's failure. Do we listen to our mind as our body's are screaming and our mind is saying "Stop, rest, Quit!" OR do we keep going, pushing past that mental block until our body's (or my legs and lungs in last nights experience), literally can't go any further and give out. 


I heard these words in my head last night. I had practiced in spin many times how to get to the point where everything in my body is yelling at me to QUIT and yet somehow find the emotion and the motivation to push PAST that physical pain! 
In her spin class, we sometimes go until our legs literally give out from underneath us and then we sit and flush (meaning, drop the gear to zero and just let our legs float, spinning quickly but with no resistance). Funny enough, the NAME of this workout is called "FAILURE", b/c sarah makes us go til our legs FAIL. Not our minds, but our LEGS. WE PUSH PAST QUIT. It's the one workout we all dread b/c we know it's gonna hurt. We hop up and push as hard as we can on as HIGH of agear as we can until our legs give out, then drop, count to 5 and hop up again...we do this for 4 minutes getting in as many "failures" as we can. IT SUCKS. 


For me my motivation to keep going when I hit this point in my races is the race itself. When I set a goal for myself I want to KNOW I did EVERYTHING to achieve it. I want to see the numbers on that clock that I've set a goal to see. I want to make MYSELF proud. 

I am So glad I have learned these skills and was able to use them last night.

My goal for this 5K, only 10 days after my first one on July 4 was to break 21min (6:45pace). My pace for the 5K I did  on July 4 was 6:48....it would have put me at a 21:07 if the course had been accurate.

The race started at 7:00pm and it was 80 degrees and muggy. ugh.

I told myself that the sub 21 might not happen on this course and in this heat but I would try my best and have FUN!

I planned to run this race with consistent splits of 6:45, 6:45 and then whatever I had left for the last mile..but the first part of the course is a gradual downward and then into a gradual incline so I went with the downward incline hoping to bank time for the incline.. People say this course is flat but it's not. Its a bit of everything..some flat...some incline and some decline. def much harder than my pancake flat course from 10 days ago.
First mile was 6:29.

My first reaction was honestly "Oh Crap.that was WAY too fast. The next 2 miles are going to SUCK!". I knew  I couldn't keep up that pace. I tried as hard as I could to run the tangents and get done as quickly as I could. when I hit that first incline I was already in pain.

By mile 2, I was hurting. Becky was behind me but moved infront and was trying to say encouraging things but I was so focused I couldn't respond....oh and my lungs were burning and i felt like I couldn't breath. that might have been part of it too. I remember saying a few times "I can't keep this pace, I can't breath" and Becky just kept saying "yes you can Nicole! use those sprinters legs!" she is so sweet.

Mile 2 6:48 (dying!)

I think it was about Mile 2.5-2.75 that I hit MY QUIT! EVERYTHING in my body and mind said "STOP. WALK. You CAN"T DO THIS NICOLE! YOU ARE NOT IN SHAPE FOR THIS!"

but I responded with "Push past Quit. Go until you hit failure Nicole!". My legs were still moving and I knew if I could just hold on a little longer. For just 4 more minutes out of my life, i would break 21minutes. I felt like I was running a 5min mile effort wise. It hurt. It hurt so bad. My legs were numb. My lungs could NOT get in enough oxygen. I said to myself "Just keep moving. If you JUST don't stop, you will do this. It's YOUR Choice. What do you want? are you a quitter? or do you fight through pain? do you push past Quit?!
Mile 3: 6:46

the last 200meters felt like I was dying lol. I'm not kidding. this was the hardest 5K I've ever run.

Last bit: 6:16

Official chip time: 20:30 
6:36 pace!
Certified course.

This is NOT my fastest 5K, but I honestly think I am more proud of this one than any other! I ran this time off of 12miles a week the last 2 weeks and only 12-18 miles the 3 before that which was preceded by 2mos off. SOOOOOOOOOOOO.....I AM HAPPY! I feel amazing and I am excited to see what these legs can do with some training and more mileage.

what I have learned:

My body likes lower mileage. obviously.
My legs like rest.
5K training is going to fit into my life alot better than marathon training.

B/c I can only run 40-50 miles a week I have decided to give short distance a shot and plan to spend the next year or two focusing on the 5K and maybe even shorter. i hope to get into some open track meets next spring.


sarah and I before the race
Becky and I before the race


 Meters before the finish

  gun time was 20:36 b/c it took us 6seconds to cross the start line


I dont' know if you can see how glazed my eyes are, but I had to sit for 5minutes b/c I was so dizzy and thought I was going to pass out. My entire body was covered in sweat. it was DISGUSTING. 

15 comments:

  1. Great race! It's so hard pushing yourself when your body is telling you to quit.

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  2. Yay! That's so great that you have found a focus for your running even with the injury. And my next 5k goal is sub-21, so I loved reading this!

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    1. well just tell yourself "push PAST quit!" you can do it!!! let me know how it goes!

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  3. now this is what i like to hear! you ran your brains out like a champ and it makes me smile from ear to ear! i had all of those thoughts go through my head in my race too, and i let them get the best of me and eat away my pace a bit and didn't get that i want to pass out feeling or any soreness whatsoever post race. this distance is so mentally challenging and you are going to crush it girl, just know it. i just ran my pr off of a 50 mpw max, so it is more then doable! sometimes less really is more.

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    1. thanks Britt. you know my legs DIDN"T give out so it makes me wonder...COULD I have gone harder faster? in that moment it was all I could do to keep moving. I had nothing left. I passed a handful of girls that last mile so that felt good!

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  4. What an accomplishment - some of my best races are not pr's , but the ones that I was most mentally strong and confident - those 5k's are tough and you rocked it - and you looked AMAZING doing it.
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Katie! True INDEED! My most favorite races and the ones I am most proud of have never been PR's:) xx

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  5. Great race! I sure could have used that moto Saturday! My legs were still going, maybe I just need a new set of lungs :)
    See you at track on tuesday.

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    1. OH...eventually the lungs will catch up Wendy...and then the legs will fall behind...and then they'll catch up and the lungs will fall behind lol....they seem to always yoyo:) you did GREAT!!

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  6. What a great post!! I wish I went to a spin class like that. Sounds like you are not only getting a good workout physically but you are training your mind as well.

    GREAT 5K!! You fought hard and did not quit. So glad you are finding your groove. Getting back in racing shape is HARD. Keep it up girl!

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    1. p.s. love your new blog cover picture! :-)

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    2. thanks Tia! have you started reset? email me with details!

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  7. I loved this post!!!!! You "said" what I'm always thinking when I race and I especially LOVED it when you told yourself to run "to failure!" You totally, totally rock and inspire!
    meg

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    1. Thanks Meg!! My daughters name is Meg:) hitting Failure is the ONLY way to run a 5K! :)

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