April 29th marked the day of one of my favorite 5k’s. This was the 5th year that I’ve ran it and I’ve always had a positive experience running the race.
I’ll start by saying, I am not in the shape that I was expecting at this time, but I am OK with that. With all that has happened I’ve been happy to keep around 20-30 miles a week, so I couldn’t expect too much coming into this one.
I did a “priming” 20 minutes before the race for a warm up – 3 minutes easy, 1 minute at pace, 3 minutes easy, 1 minute at pace. I’ve been doing this for a while now for 5k’s and it seems to get my heart going and puts me about 10 minutes before the race to chill out and focus on what I’m doing.
The race started as any does, I went out a bit fast but slowly locked into a good pace. The first half mile was nice as there was buildings blocking the 20mph winds, but once we rounded a corner, it hit us head on! Mile 1 clocked in at 6:25
Mile two started and again, the headwinds were pounding away, but wait…there is reprieve at 1.3 miles because we are heading out of the wind…into a hill! I slumped down and at the top of the hill my watch was showing a 7:15~ pace for the mile so I took the downhill as hard as I could without overtaxing my body. Mile 2 clocked in at a 6:44
Mile three started at a water station and one of the workers there actually made laugh by stating “ICE COLD WATER!” in a response to the fact that the real feel was around 35 degrees. At this point I was pacing off with someone the entire race so I was trying to push a bit harder to keep ahead of him. I kept up a solid pace and just kept the finish in my mind. Mile 3 clocked in at 6:24
With the finish line right there, I knew well enough that I wasn’t breaking 20 today, which I kind of knew from the beginning. Typically I have a really huge kick in the end, but knew there was no one next to me and I didn’t need to push it extremely hard. I did clock in an average of 6:00 for that last .1 finishing in an official time of 20:17(just like the year!). I finished 8th overall and 1st in my age group!
I am happy with what I hit and it really pushed me to know where I stand in fitness. Had it been a flat course, had there been no wind, I think I could have broke 20, but that’s neither here or there. Time to evaluate my VDOT to push my abilities again and do another test closer to when marathon training starts…in 3 weeks!
The finish line face of pain!
Dan(left) was 1st overall, me, Dennis(right) was 5th overall and first in age group
Chart for the race, as stated my start time was a bit fast!