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.