A few weeks ago Mike and I signed up for a local 5K as a replacement for a three mile training run. If it had been on a Saturday we wouldn't have signed up, but it was on a Friday so it fit our marathon training schedule!
I was a bad blogger and I didn't take any photos so here's one of Bernie from earlier in the day to hold you over!
Such a tough life!
The only bad part about the race being on a Friday is that it started at 6pm! After Mike got home from work we got ready and headed out. We had picked up our packets on Thursday but it was a half an hour or so drive to the start of the race.
After arriving, we quickly stretched and ran a brief warm-up. The announcer for the race provided a few brief announcements, that you couldn't really hear unfortunately, and then everyone headed to the start to line up.
As soon as the race started I tried to maintain a sub 8 minute pace but after about .3 miles I knew that it wasn't going to happen. It was about 80 degrees outside without a cloud in the sky! I just focused on maintaining a decent pace and ran up the first hill.
Luckily there was a water stop around 1 mile and I took a little sip and then dumped the rest over my head. After rounding the corner, there was another hill to run up. We had been told during the announcements that we were going to turn down into a park and before that even happened I saw the lead runner!
Once down in the park there was another water stop and I continued to dump most of it over my head. Unfortunately, this part of the race was on a trail. It wasn't that technical but there were some roots and a slight hill at the end of the trail.
As soon as I got back on the road, I rounded the last corner and took water again. This time I only dumped it over my head!
The last mile of the race was the worst because the sun was right in your eyes. I did end up passing a few people in the end and tried to catch up to one girl who had passed me. The last .5 miles were downhill and I picked up the pace. Unfortunately I didn't catch the girl!
I headed into the finish and saw Mike on the sidelines cheering me on. Immediately after finishing I grabbed two cups of water and dumped one over my head. After taking a small sip out of the second cup I dumped that one over my head too.
My finishing time was 28:23, which considering the conditions isn't too bad. Mike finished in 23:56, he does so much better in the heat than me!
We didn't stay for the awards but I actually won my age group (out of 6 runners) and Mike came in second in his age group (out of 4 runners).
Overall it was a nice race and it broke up our training a little bit!
Did anyone else race this weekend? How did it go?