In order to understand my unique set of goals for this race be sure to check out my previous post:
People Over PRs! – My new Race the Landing goal. You also might want to read the post before that: People Over PRs – Running – It is all about community in order to understand where this mindset comes from.
I went into the third of the Race the Landing series with the hopes of helping a friend run her first sub30 5K which would be a new PR for her. I knew we needed to run 9:35 minute/miles in order to do that (since the race is gun timed and not chip timed), but I also knew that if something went wrong we have two more shots at the next two races.
The first mile went of just as I had planed and when my Garmin beeped for mile one it had been exactly 9:35, just like we needed. However, I could tell that she was struggling. The humidity was rough and we were already dripping sweat. If you aren’t used to running outside during the hot, humid Charleston summers you might not realize just how much they slow you down. It is brutal!
The next two miles were tough. She was having problems breathing through the humidity and had to keep taking short walk breaks. By that point another friend had caught up and she joined me in playing coach. The two of us just kept trying to push her through and encouraging her to take deep breaths and get going again when she stopped to walk.
In the end, even with the numerous walk breaks, we came in at 30:50, she only missed her goal by 50 seconds. While it wasn’t the race we wanted I am very proud of her because she had a really tough day (some runs are just like that) and she gave it her all and pushed through. Next week is race number 4 and we will again be trying for that sub30.
there sure was a lot of fun and free post race food to boot. It was German night so think sausages, ham hocks, sauerkraut, smashed potatoes, and roasted apples.
What do you do to race against the humidity?
*All pictures from Brian Fancher Photography.
Thanks to my friends at Mizuno Running for providing my awesome race outfit.
I wore the Akemi Singlet in lemon yellow, the Featherweight 3/4 tight, and the Wave Sayonara 2 in purple plumeria.