Long title, eh?
Yesterday morning I woke up early and headed out the door to run run my first 5 mile race of 2011. The last 5 miler I ran was the Beauty and the Beach 5 mile on 11/13/10….a race in which the chip timing was all off and I forgot to stop my watch after I crossed the finish line! I also tried to look up the results online and can’t find my “official” time on the list (see what I mean about messed up timing??). If I had to estimate – I think I finished in 49 mins and change. (Garmin time was 49:25) Also, the last time I ran the Belmar Five (8 years ago) my time was 1:00:47….so even though I knew I’d beat that time, I was hoping to PR with a time less than that of the BATB run.
WELL……I DID IT!!! PR with 47:57 🙂 🙂 🙂
The race was pretty big (over 2500 runners) and I should’ve placed myself closer to the start line….my first mile was kind of slow (10:10) because of the crowds. Other than that rookie mistake, I am happy with how I performed 🙂 The weather was pretty warm (low 80’s) with no cloud cover — so the sun was HOT! Lucky for us, there was a slight breeze so if you dumped water on yourself at each station, you could remain fairly cool. Also, there was lots of neighborhood support with many people out on the street with their hoses so you could run through it — which was fantastic! I also made sure to take 2 cups of water at each station (one to drink and one to dump on myself!). I think that approach worked pretty well 🙂
One of my goals was to run negative splits the entire race and I’m happy to say that I accomplished that goal too 🙂 Even though I started out with a slow first mile, I managed to rally back and get faster with each mile that passed. I was feeling really strong and even though the sun was strong, I just kept telling myself “negative splits” and kept on trucking. I also knew that once I hit the 4.5 mile mark, that I would run as fast as I could to the end. This part was a little tough because we were running directly east and into FULL sun — my body was cooking by that part! I finished running my last mile in 8:40 — I haven’t seen a time like that on my Garmin in a long time!
Here’s the only pic I could find (me in the green shirt – obviously chip time is faster than clock):
After collecting my medal and beverages, I walked back to my car to go home 🙂 I purposely parked about a mile away from the start so I could have a nice warm up and cool down. Legs feel great today and I couldn’t be happier!
I’m also done with my fifth week of marathon training! As I mentioned previously, I took it easy this week so that I would have fresh legs for the race. Here’s how the week shaped up:
- Sunday – REST
- Monday – 3.5 mile run (1 mile walk with dogs directly after)
- Tuesday – REST
- Wednesday – 5.25 miles on TM
- Thursday – 5.1 miles (speedwork) on TM
- Friday – 3 miles on elliptical and lots of stretching
- Saturday – 5 mile race
This week I have to turn up the intensity and increase the mileage but I’m ready to rock! Bring it on!!!