Time for another race recap. It feels like I’ve been doing a lot of these lately. 🙂
The Scope 5k was Saturday morning. I was running it with a few other friends from my running group, and my goal was to set a baseline for where I’m at right now and try to improve that time in 6 weeks at another 5k in May.
But of course, I was still hoping for a small pr!
The May 5k is going to be miserably hot- there is no way around that in Houston. So I guess it was appropriate that Saturday was unseasonable warm as well. It could have been worse, but temps were near 70 with 95% humidity.
Oh, Houston. I am not going to miss your humidity next year!
I jogged the two miles to the start, and did a few strides. I followed my running group to the front of the pack at the start line. We knew from last year’s results that this was a largely uncompetitive group, and most of us had a good chance at placing.
We took off at 8am. The course itself could not have been more boring. Flat, concrete roads through the medical center. I was happy with my first mile, 6:30.
The second mile is mentally the toughest for me. I’m getting tired, but know I still have a long ways to go! We also had a strange add-on where we turned down a side street for 100 yards or so, did a u-turn, and then turned back onto our original path. I felt myself losing momentum there. Second mile was my slowest, 6:37.
By the third mile, I decided I was ready to pick off a few people. There were two girls in front of me the entire race, so I kept myself entertained by catching and passing them.
And suddenly we were at the final overpass and the homestretch. Third mile, 6:30.
C’mon, legs, keep moving!
And done! I forgot to stop my watch but came in right around 20:30.
Initially, I was disappointed as my pr is 20:20 and I would have liked to beat it. But I reminded myself that this is my baseline, and I haven’t been training for short distances. I have 6 weeks to see if I can get closer to my goal of sub-20 (I’ll take 19:59!).
Plus this little face at the finish line made me smile!
My speedy friend Rachel placed first overall for the women, and I was second. We both took first in our age groups. The guys also each placed in their age groups as well. Not too shabby!
I headed over to teach spin afterwards, and jogged 2 miles home from there, making it my first brick since triathlon training last summer. My quads were done after that!
Did you race or run long this weekend? What goals are you working toward this spring?