How in the world did it get to be December? And the middle of December at that?
A co-worker told me about the Holiday Half & 5K. I thought once or twice about the half, but realized that would just be silly and so I signed up for the 5K.
As I made my way to the start line, I realized that I was really looking forward to this race as a way to judge where I am at, running-wise. The last couple of half marathons I’ve done I’ve fallen apart. Not to mention the lack of consistent training (or cross-training for that matter). (The last couple of 5Ks I’ve done with others so I haven’t really been able to judge myself.)
The race started on an uphill, but since it finished in the same spot (but in the opposite direction, so a downhill) I wasn’t going to complain too much. I would much rather have the uphill at the beginning!
There wasn’t any seeding per se, but more of a request for the speedy folks up front and the rest of us in the back. I made my way to the middle trying to seed appropriately. Generally I start out WAY too fast and lose speed throughout the race. But by being in the middle of this giant throng of runners, it actually kept my pace at a more consistent level. Maybe there is something to that!
I’ve been playing with my intervals and recently changed them to 1:30 / 45 sec. This was my first real test of the intervals in a race.
After that first uphill the course flattened out for the most part. There were no aid stops for the 5K, but there was a caroler stop! The course wound us through neighborhoods and then out along a road with views of the river.
Before you knew it, we were rounding the corner for the DOWNHILL finish! Going into the race, I really debated with setting a time goal for myself. Partly because I didn’t want to disappoint myself if I couldn’t hit it. But then again, I was trying to judge where I am at, running-wise. I had thought I would be happy with anything under 40 minutes. I came across at 38:38. I’ll take that.
Since this has already gone on too long, I’ll sum it up by saying, I don’t know that I’ve lost that much speed, but I have lost a lot of endurance. Maybe its time I find a training plan that I can actually stick to!