You ever have a race that you are really excited for and then race day you just aren’t feeling it. This was one of those races.
I had PR’d on this course a few years ago so it has held a special place in my running heart. Everytime I run this course I hope for a shiny new PR.
However, on race morning I was tired and cranky and not feeling a speed race. However, I was already registered and at the race so I was running no matter what. I did mile repeats at the track earlier in the week so I hoped I would run similar to those repeats for the race.
Just before the start of the race I looked around and didn’t see any other runners that I knew. I was hoping to see someone who ran a similar time and stick with them so I wouldn’t go out too fast.
The gun went off and right off the bat I was in the second overall female position. I quickly overtook the first girl and held the lead…until the first mile. I’m a classic “goes out too fast” type of runner and this time it really hurt me. After the first mile, 6:30 pace to start but ended at almost 6:50, I just kept going slower and then got passed by a girl.
I decided that I would try to pick it up for the second mile and die out on the third but I didn’t have anything left. At mile 1.6 I was done. It is a very flat course but I just had nothing on it. There was no picking it up, the legs just kept slowing down. What did I really expect after PRing in Akron just a week earlier.
I ended up holding my 2nd overall female position the rest of the race, it was a miracle I didn’t get passed. I finished with a time of 22:02. Am I disappointed in this time? Yes. Really I shouldn’t be though. I ran 2 races back to back and you can’t PR at every race.
I thought this was going to be the last 5K of the year for me but with the possible shutdown of the Towpath Marathon (I was planning to run the half), I may sign up for a 5K this weekend. I want some revenge on the 5K distance.