After meeting my sub 30 goal during the previous race things changed a lot for this race. The truth is I was no longer here to race, instead I was just focusing on running and having a good time.
Why is that?:
– I was planning on sticking to my schedule and doing an Orange Theory class the day before, which usually leaves me a bit sore.
– It is now June in South Carolina. (During the race it was 63% humidity and a feels like temperature of 93 degrees.)
– Building a marathon base without getting hurt is more important that a 5K race right now.
However, that being said I still worked on my normal race plan which is to start off slow and then negative split the race. My first mile I ran conservatively at an 11:00 min./mile, the second mile I sped it up a bit to a 10:30 pace, and then by the final mile I kicked it in gear (so ready to be out of that heat) and ran a 9:something to finish.
My finishing time was 32:05, which was about 3 minutes slower than the previous race the month before. However, I was happy with my 10:20 overall pace for as hot as it was and since my legs were a bit sore from Orange Theory the day before.
The best part of the race – fried chicken, rice, veggies, and cornbread after. Yummy!
For those of you who remembered I got lots of age group trophies in this series last year that is not the case now. My age group is really competitive this year with a much faster female field and I would have to run a sub 25 minute 5K to get an award, which is not happening. The male version of my age group would be much easier as the 5th place guy ran a 31:25, which I could definitely do. Guess that is just what happens when there are more female runners. Totally worth not getting the trophies to see so many awesome girls out there killing it.
Let me know –
Summer races – Go for it? Or just say no to avoid the heat?