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 the heat and humidity would be brutal. In the end she pushed as hard as she could and I was amazingly proud of her effort, but we missed our goal by 50 seconds in the 3rd race of the series.
So here we were at race number four with a chance for a do over – same course, same sub30 goal. I talked to her before the race and she was so excited, she really felt this would be the one. Her plan was to put her headphones in this time, jam out to the music, and just run; and we (two of our dinner table buddies joined in the pacing too) would be there if she needed us. Mile 1 went great, she was running strong and I followed happily beside her. Mile 1 was a 9:25. Perfect, 10 seconds to spare.
We were right on pace until we hit mile 1.5 and she stopped to grab water. The heat and humidity were really killer and it was hard to get back to our target pace again. We finally got back in the groove and then she started to have to take walk breaks like at the last race. It was so hard because I wanted her to make it so badly, but I could really tell she was struggling in the heat and the humidity, it was brutal out!
We started to push her onward by focusing on landmarks. Make it to the water stop at the 2 mile marker and you can walk for a second. Then we’d get up and going again and try to make it another third a mile. I am thankful there was no microphone on us, because what was said was probably a cross between motivating and butt kicking. I think we flipped back and forth from, “You have got this 10 minutes, one mile. You can do it. You are going to PR!” to something like, “PRs aren’t easy that is why they don’t happen all the bleeping time, no more walking, lets get moving!”
Finally, when we hit the last mile and the finish line was in sight she kicked it into gear and I knew it would be a close one. As we rounded the corner and ran to the finish I could see the clock counting up. We crossed with a time of 29:51 and I don’t think I have ever been so happy about a 5K PR and it wasn’t even mine. I ran across that finish line screaming, cheering, arms in the air – people probably thought I was crazy, but it was the most amazing way to finish a race. Helping someone to meet their goal, People over PRs – Isn’t that was this is all about?
We stayed to watch the award ceremony, where the age group winners collected otters this week,
*All pictures from Brian Fancher Photography.
Thanks to my friends at Mizuno Running for providing my awesome race outfit.
I wore the Jewel Tank in Rouge Red-Desert Flower, the BG 3000 Mid Tight, and the Wave Sayonara 2 in Purple Plumeria.
How are you surviving running in the heat & humidity?
Do you have any summer races planned?