I spent the morning of my Labor Day holiday running a Monday morning local 5k. I ran this race in 2013 and it was my 5k PR for a while. (20:47) I had high hopes for a great run even though my weekend leading up to the race didn’t pan out as well as I had hoped. A later than expected night at work on Friday pushed my Saturday morning long run to Sunday morning. So as I started to get the blood moving Monday morning the legs were a little heavy. I made it to the race site and got in line for registration just as the race director said registration was closing, nobody else was getting in after me. Close call! The person in front of me in the registration line was one of my favorite Run4theKids team members Tracy! We snagged a picture pre race, she wasn’t running but her son was.
The race started just a few minutes behind schedule. The course started down a frontage road alongside the highway before dipping into a neighborhood. It looped around the streets before coming back out at the mall where the start/finish line was. I knew I wanted to push myself to get a strong finish time so I came off the starting line strong and clocked the first mile at 6:27. During the second mile I started to feel my legs get heavier from Sunday’s run. My pace came down to a 6:55 in the 2nd mile.
The final mile of the race had a major hill on board. It drained me as I started to ascend and tried to push hard coming down the other side. I finished the 3rd mile in 7:23 finishing with an overall time of 21:35. I was a little disappointed at first, I was hoping for a quicker time. But the race helped me revisit my training schedule now. Since returning home from BCT I’ve focused on logging miles and I haven’t been adding in speed work the way I should. That changes now. I’ll get it next time.
I still came in 2nd in my age group, and 17th overall. The age group winner finished 16th overall, finishing 5 seconds ahead of me. The awards are these coaster/plaque things. Each one different and individually crafted. A great addition to any award shelf.