After being sick for the 10K last week, I was excited to run this weekend. 2 years ago this race was on my Birthday and I PR’d so it’s always been a favorite race of mine ever since.
You have the option to run a 5K or 5 mile distance for this race. Last year I was coming back from injury so I only ran the 5K but remember it being really windy. This year I decided to run the 5 mile and was hoping for no wind.
Bodhi wouldn’t let me take a picture of the race shirt sorry.
This year it might have been more windy than last year.
Mile 1: 7:07– The 5K and 5 mile all start at the same time so it was hard to not go out too fast. However, I ran the first mile or so with a woman who run this race every year and she kept me at a good pace. She even forgave me when the windy blew me into her!
Mile 2: 7:23 – This mile goes down and around the Browns stadium so it can be a tough mile. Shortly after I started to see the top guys on the way back. I saw Ryan and his face said it all, he was running into the wind. I knew the turnaround was up ahead so I wasn’t just waiting to hit the wind.
Mile 3: 7:20 – As soon as I made the turn at 2.5 I could feel the wind. Sadly, it’s a long straightaway and no way to get around it. I tried my best to not think about it and keep running hard.
Mile 4: 8:00 – Wind all over the place for this mile. I felt like I was lifting weights my quads were so tired. I was running uphill into the wind and just begging myself to keep pushing.
Mile 5: 8:00 – Almost entirely on a straightaway however, certain parts had no wind, some had windy coming from your side and if you were lucky you got a couple burst of wind at your back.
Finished in 38:04, 7:37 pace and 5th overall (I actually thought I was in 4th but I missed a girl because she was wearing a hat). I thought I might cut it close and barely miss placing in my age group but I ended up with 2nd!
1.5 mile warm up+5 mile run+3 mile cooldown+4.5 miles to finish long run = 14 miles for the day.