I couldn’t decide if I wanted to recap this race or not. The race had a start, finish and official results, so I thought why not?
The plan was to tempo the race and to keep it at a relaxed effort. It’s not too exciting but at the end of the day I’m glad I went. I had a good time, saw several friends and made it to work on time.
I mentioned yesterday, but something that played into this race was the fact I’ve been taking a new antibiotic for my skin recently. I don’t have great skin and after going to a dermatologist, they prescribed me an antibiotic. I’ve taken antibiotics before, including for my skin, and never had any side effects. Over the last three weeks, I’ve felt lethargic, sluggish and to be honest not great. My legs have felt fine, but it’s the rest of me that felt run down.
The first mile I found myself first female overall. My legs felt tired and lethargic. Since the run was planned as a tempo run, I wasn’t too concerned. I focused on own race. There were several friends and people I’ve seen around the store running. They were all quite far ahead, and I knew I was not catching them. I hit the first mile in 6:11. It’s right where my half marathon first mile should be and right where I wanted to be for the 5k.
The second mile began a series of gradual inclines that I had no idea were in the course profile. I thought the race was pancake flat but it most certainly was not. I was running by myself, and my quads did not feel right. The second mile I ran in 6:21 and questioned whether I would be able to hit the goal of 19:45.
The last mile I was passed by a few people including my friend who outkicked me in the last .1! All of the small gradual inclines took a toll on my legs. It actually reminded me of the New York City Marathon where you thought you would be on flat ground and never were. I ran the final mile in 6:28.
I crossed the finish in 19:47. I was surprised I was only 2 seconds slower than my goal!
I could have run the tempo by myself, but the race went to a great cause. I had a great time with friends and have no complaints. I even got a neat glass trophy.
Questions for you:
Would you prefer a gradual uphill or a sharp incline?