After beautiful weather helped me to crush my PR at the first Race the Landing 5K I was not sure what to expect at the second one this past Thursday. The weather was hotter and muggier as summer is definitely sweeping Charleston; however, I must confess a part of me still wondered if I was capable of more and so I planned to give it all I had and just see what happened.
My goal was to try to stick as close to last week’s pacing plan as possible.
Mile 1 = 9:00 min/mile
Mile 2 = pick it up to 8:45 min/mile
Mile 3 = kick it all in at 8:30 min/mile
Last 0.1 = give it all I have left
However, it quickly became clear that it was not in the cards for me.
I was pushing with all I had, exhausted – yet I just wasn’t hitting the splits I was able to hit last week. It is funny how I felt like I was working even harder, but in actuality I was running slower. I guess you just never know how things will turn out with all the variables on race day. In the end I crossed the finish line in 27:02 (last week’s PR was a 26:36).
I was a bit upset about pushing so hard and being so much slower, but then I thought about how I am performing this year compared to last year. Last year my fastest race of the series was a 28:10 and I was still able to run over a minute quicker than my fastest time last year. That makes me really happy – you have to love seeing improvement.
I credit this improvement to 4 things:
1. Working with a running coach.
2. Finally learning to listen to my body/recover from injuries.
3. Strength training at Orange Theory Fitness.
4. Speed work at Orange Theory Fitness.
After the race I headed in to enjoy the free dinner with some of my running buddies and to watch the awards ceremony. Since I barely managed an age group award last week, sliding in 5th, I did not think I would get one this week with a slower time. However, I guess you just never know who will show up in your age group each week and low and behold my name was called for 4th place in my age group. (The give AG awards five deep so lots of people have a chance to win, which is really nice.)
I am now the proud owner of a raccoon to go with my black bear. All the awards given out relate to Charlestowne Landing, an early settlement and site of the race. There will be otters, alligators, and pirate swords at the final three races.
I have two weeks off now before the next race in the series. By then it will be June and really miserably hot and humid here in the South so I think my PR attempts will be on hold until the fall, but you never know.
What is your next race or activity?
It is crazy hot and humid where you are yet?
*All pictures from Brian Fancher Photography.
Thanks to my friends at Mizuno Running for providing my awesome race outfit.
I wore the last year’s Sunset tee, the Kamiko 3/4 Tight, and the Wave Sayonara 2.