I survived the 5k!
It was H.O.T. but I was expecting it. I only had enough time for a slow one mile warm up.
By the way, if you’re local to Houston, this is a free race series the last Sunday of every month. Check it out! But maybe wait until October. 🙂
I started the race conservatively, hoping to come in around 21 minutes.
The course was a simple out and back, with a little shade at times. There were some speedy men (the top 3 all came in around 16 minutes) but only one woman in front of me the entire time.
Despite the scenic course and new-to-me park, I was huffing and puffing by mile one! I haven’t run a sub-7 mile (or even sub-7 interval!) since the last 5k in early May and I could tell. 🙂
I ran side by side with one guy for the first half, but at the turn around he decided to pick it up. (What is it about most guys and refusing to be passed by a woman?) I really didn’t care enough to chase him, but it did help me pick up my pace a bit.
It felt good to run a race without the hopes of a new pr. My quads were tired from spin the day before, and the humidity made it difficult to get any deep breaths.
My splits came in at 6:39, 6:49, and 6:43. As I approached the finish, I was surprised to see I would be under 21 minutes. And I was thrilled to be finished! Final time: 20:39
Good enough for 2nd woman! It was hard and hot and crazy sweaty, but I’m glad I did it. And it was fun to see another part of Houston before we leave.
I stuck around for awards (a medal) and then headed back out for 7 easier miles to finish with 11 for the day.
Back at the car, I realized I forgot to pack a towel. I was soaking wet by this point, thanks to the humidity (not gonna miss that at all!) Thankfully, a sun visor makes an excellent waterproof seat cover.
Do you race through the summer months? Have you ever experienced soaked clothes from running in humidity?