Hope you’re all enjoying the extra long weekend!
As I mentioned yesterday, I ran the Verona Labor Day 5k this morning.
I stuck with my plan of not “racing” it for probably the first time ever! The things that helped were 1) the heat, 2) the humidity, and 3) the hills.
The race didn’t begin until 9:30 and we were so sweaty just waiting to start. I was dripping wet after a 2 mile warm up. It felt like I was back in Houston again!
I ran into a friend from the running group I’ve joined recently, and she prepped me for the course. Most of the first hill was uphill, with some steep portions. That also confirmed for me that this course was not worth the pr effort.
I’m not even sure if the race had a chip time, as we never did cross a start line.
We took off and almost immediately began to climb. I paced myself to get up that monster, but felt pretty strong. Spin classes and running hills this last month have definitely helped!
Not surprisingly, my first mile was pretty far from a typical 5k pace- 7:14.
The second mile leveled out a bit and I helped pace my friend to her goal time. Mile 2- 6:40
By the third mile, I was itching to go, and decided to pick it up just a little. I still felt good and was thrilled to be enjoying the race, rather than wanting to die like most 5k efforts. Third mile- 6:22.
I came in just under 21 minutes. I added a few more miles on afterwards for a solid tempo run, 7.5 total miles for the day.
I still managed to place first in my age group so I stuck around. The awards were a bit crazy- you had to shuffle your way to the front of the table, rather than having winners announced. But first you had to shuffle your way to the front of the results listings.
But it turned out to be worth it- I came away with a $25 gift card to the local running store and a glass. I’ll gladly take that over another medal!
After some good food and a shower, my daughter and I drove the 3 hours to PA to spend a few days with my family this week. I’m excited to catch up with some good friends, too.
How was your long weekend? Did you race on Labor day?