This is the fourth year that I’ve run this race — unfortunately they keep moving it earlier in the year, so it’s gotten warmer and warmer, and I have gotten slower and slower. But it’s still a fun race and I always look forward to it.
There are a few races I trust to do packet pickup day of the race, and this is one of them.
In and out, easy breezy. Not much terribly exciting in the way of coupons or swag.
My Race Plan
I was hoping to stay below an 11 mm for the race — that was pretty much it. I felt lucky just to get to the starting line, frankly (you can read my Weekly Wrap and my 5 Things Lately posts to catch up a little on what’s been going on).
Here’s what actually happened:
- Mile 1: 10:37. About where I wanted to be for a 5k that’s warm.
- Mile 2: 11:37. Half of this is on a trail through the woods; I suppose that accounts for the slowdown. Maybe.
- Mile 3: 11:07. I guess the heat, the lack of sleep and stress — it all caught up with me. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
- Last .11: 9:41. At least I sprinted across the finish line.
34:19 –Official Time
11:03 Average Pace
I can give you all the reasons I didn’t meet my goal, but in the end, it is what it is.
The weather & dressing
So one of those reasons? The weather, for sure. The race didn’t start until 10 am. It was warm and humid, but thankfully there was lots of cloud cover.
I wore a top from Title 9 and one of my Sparkleskirts. Sometimes being sparkly makes me happy. Don’t worry, I was back in my Skirtsports later in the day for more miles. My outfit was just right for a change.
Was the race well run?
Yes, it always is. The volunteers are so incredibly enthusiastic (I guess it doesn’t hurt that I know the race directors). My one little quibble is that it would be nice to have the start line marked better.
What I learned
It’s always better with friends. I knew that, of course, but going with a friend, “running” into friends, catching up with runner friends you haven’t seen in a while . . . it’s the best.
The heat gets me every time. I knew that one already, too, but I keep hoping I’ll find the key to racing in the heat . . . it continues to elude me.
I actually believe the course was altered slightly this year in a way that ought to have made it easier. There used to be a fairly steep climb that I think they took out. Unfortunately it didn’t help me.
Maddie’s Mark, by the way, is basically a local make a wish foundation. It’s a worthy cause. It always feels good to race for a good cause.
Darlene seems to run into Skirtsports sisters at races all the time, but this was my first time (no doubt because I don’t race every weekend!). I asked if it was okay if I put her photo on the blog, and she told me how much she loves her Skirtsports skirts — she’s preaching to choir!
I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.