Today, I ran my first run late in the morning abt 10:30 am, after we took Enzo swimming before it got too hot for him. It was about 88 degrees when Sid and I ran our 6.5. It was slow, about 10 minutes per mile. I was starving after, so I ate and waited a bit before I rounded out my mileage to 10 by running another 3.5, also easy. After running some errands, I made my way up to the Lager run.
I find running in hot weather really hard on my body (as many people likely do) and during my 1 mile warm up, I could feel how tired my legs were. 5k's terrify me because I get about 3 minutes of running before the suffering starts. I knew the course was fast, so at least I knew the suffering would be as "good" as it gets. I was hoping for some rain to cool things down, but no such luck. South Jersey was getting the weather and I was racing north.
This race is huge. 1148 runners lines up at the start. I looked for "my people", the runners I tend to end up running with (lately it has been Karl L., Ben T., Jim O. Jamie B. ) and I seeded myself near Karl.
|Photo by Mark Nyhan|
I heard mile 1 was declined, then mile 2 was rolling mostly uphill, followed by a mostly declined mile 3, ending with about half a lap on the track to finish it. The course is basically flat with some mild rollers. Regardless of the road part of the course, I just love Track finishes!
I tried to not make the same mistake as I did on Thursday, by pummeling myself in the first declined mile. I watch the pace on my Garmin and we are all sub-6. (LOL!) I try to slow it down and find it very hard to hold back while watching people I run with or that I am faster than pulling away. I think about being disciplined and I ease off the pace. M1: 6:20
As soon as we hit the 1 mile clock we start to go through the rolling mile. The course is not significantly hilly by any means, but mile 2 seemed to have most of the up hills. I try to stay steady while keeping something in the tank for mile 3. If mile 3 is fast, I want to use it.
I also want to have something left to use on the track! There is nothing better than pretending to be in a track meet and running as fast as possible. I like to imagine I am back in high school running the 400 meters, when I used to run so hard that I would black out at the end.
|Photo by Mark Nyhan|
My two mile time is 13:06, which is 6 seconds slower than my 2 mile time from Thursday, where I ran 21:00. I knew this finish was faster than Thursday's last mile, so as we hit some declines, I pick up the pace. I was told there was an incline again before the track so as I approach the two ladies, I know I need to put distance between us before the incline for me to have a shot at holding my position on the track. I go for it. I manage to pass both ladies by about 2.6 miles and now I am running scared, which is kind of inspiring! :)
I hit the track and I can't tell if they are coming on me. I don't need to look back because I know I am running hard. Once on the track, we hit the M3 6:27.
I hear Elaine A. cheer me on. This is special because I am already in "make-believe-I-am-in -high school-running-the-400 meters" mode and Elaine was my 4x400 meter relay buddy. So hearing Elaine cheer track side was just perfect!
With one tenth to go I run right up on two guys running side-by-side around the back stretch turn. I have been taught to hug the turns and it goes against my everything in my being to try to run out in lane 2 to pass two guys running the same speed as me. They are pushing the pace so I don't think I actually can pass them and that would leave me out in lane 2 for no reason, but don't know if the ladies are coming up on me or not. So I start calling out "Go. Go. Go." to the guys I am behind and we all run harder!
|Photo by Karl Leitz|
As soon I stop, I cant catch my breath. Someone hands me a towel soaked in ice water and it feels great! But I feel dizzy, I still cant catch my breath, and I feel incredible unsteady. The med tent guy decides I need to be walked over to the tent where I can sit down. I put up no objection. I get to the med tent and someone pours two bottles of ice cold water over my head, which helped a lot. A few short minutes of sitting and I was up, able to breathe and back out onto the track to cheer!
Overall Place: 125 out of 1148
Gender Place: 7 out of 500
Age Group: 2 out of 140
AG Award: A hefty beer mug. :)