Medford Lakes 5k (19:24)
My 5k last weekend left a sour taste in my mouth. The day after, I decided I wanted redemption and decided to sign up for another local 5k on Memorial Day. (cliff notes from last weekend: I left my racing flats at home and ran in Glycerins. I struggled to break 20 minutes).
The race this weekend was a local 5k with about 200 people. I was working at 10 am so it worked out perfectly that I could run the race at 7:30am and then head to work. I only got about 6 hours of sleep the night before and after a heavy training week, I knew a reasonable goal would be to beat last weeks time (19:52). I am feeling the mileage bump up and going from running 5 days to 6 days. I know in a few weeks I’ll readjust and feel better. Right now I’m feeling the increase.
Tim decided to run the race as well. After not running for 6-7 weeks, he wasn’t sure how he would do. We ended up warming up by running the course beforehand.
The race went off without a hitch. The first mile was actually terrifying because there were so many people running a 6 minute mile. There were at least 30 people around me. I thought it was going to be a much tougher field. Many high schoolers began fading though around mile 1.
Tim passed me around .5 and never looked back. I kept him in my sights the majority of the race but couldn’t catch him again.
I hit mile 1 around 6:09 and felt pleased.
The second mile headed towards the lake. We went over a small wooden bridge and I nearly tripped and fell but caught myself before I took anyone down. The race began to thin out and I found myself running alone for the rest of the race (6:10).
The last mile looped around neighborhoods and I could hear people cheering while I was running. I was fading quickly but I focused on finishing strong. The leaders were out of my sights and we headed around a few more turns. The race course itself was in a neighborhood, around a school and also around a lake. The final mile went through the neighborhood and it was pretty cool to see the residents cheering us along. (for a small race I found it cool).
I finished in 19:24 and I was completely happy with that. I knew it was not a day for PRing. The course itself is pretty fast and the weather was nice. Training wise I am not in PRing shape. I was extremely happy to be 30 seconds faster then last week. Tim ended up finishing 3rd overall.
The race awards were extremely cool. It is a nice handmade carved piece of wood. It is probably one of my favorite race awards to date.
I’m glad I woke up early and got back out there.
Questions for you:
What is your favorite race award or medal?
What is your favorite race start time?
I think mine is between 8-9. Although it’s nice to be done with a race before it gets too hot.