It’s been several months since I’ve written a race recap! I’m looking forward to writing a few more soon… possibly another 5k on Saturday, Liberty half the next weekend and then Steamtown and NYC marathon. This race reminded me how much I love racing!
I knew it wouldn’t be an easy run- it was tough after my 21+ miler on Saturday. But I went in with no goals, other than using it as a tough workout. I need to race more often with no pressure.
It’s a hilly course. I ran it 3 years ago, when I was new to NJ and the hills around here, and it felt so brutal. I vowed not to race this one again, but somehow signing up for a hilly course took the pressure off.
I did a 3 mile warm up and lined up.
My parents and family came too!
The start of the race is flat for probably a quarter mile or so before making a right up a hill. My first mile was 6:55, which was discouraging, but I knew I was hardly holding a sub 8 pace up the hill.
Mile two leveled out a bit more with rolling hills, and came in at 6:42. The final mile was mostly flat and beeped at 6:35.
The final stretch was flat but my legs were done. I would have happily coasted my way to the finish, but the older guy behind me was coaching me in. Telling me to pick up the pace, that I was almost there, I’ve got this. He yelled, “Go! Go!” a few times and it made me go! Final sprint- 5:55 pace.
There he is yelling “Go!” It was really helpful- I needed that extra push to finish strong! Final time: 20:50
Overall, it felt like a solid workout. It was a pr for this course on tired legs after a 50 mile week. I’ll take it! I cooled down with 3 more miles for 9 for the day.
And a glass and gift card for first in my age group! I was just saying I need new running shorts. Woohoo!
How did you spend Labor day weekend?
Do you do a mix of races for time and racing as a workout?