Saturday, February 13, 2016
2016 Run 4 Luv 5k
The first thing was I warmed up! Crazy, I know. I ran easy around the park for about 2 miles just trying to get then engine primed. Whenever I try to run really fast right out of the gate my HR has a spaz attack for about a mile before being able to handle the speed and oxygen exchange. Needless to say, this had a positive effect on my performance!
The race is so short there wasn't much of note other than I saw my two oldest daughters at mile 1 and they said hi. I gave them a weak hand wave because I couldn't spare any oxygen to talk and they said, FINE WE DIDN'T WANT TO SAY HI EITHER! I replied with a more active hand wave so they knew I heard them but still didn't talk.
When the field fanned out I was in third from the start and the two guys ahead were so far up that I didn't have a chance to chase anyone down. The 10k started 20 minutes before us and were using the same out and back course so when I turned at my halfway point I got in the with the 3rd place 10k runner. I was comfortably ahead of him through mile 2. About this time I passed Zach. He was running which was cool since he normally walks when he does these. I was a mile up on him and missed a high five since I was flying and we were on opposite sides of the greenbelt.
I seemed to pull along the 10k runner for a while but he wouldn't pass me so I figured I must be holding a decent pace. Then with about a quarter mile to go he passed me and we both sped way up. After it was over I wished he had passed me sooner since he pulled me along at the end. My goal was 20 minutes and I finished in 20:18.
It was a fun day. Afterward I headed back out on the course to sweep the half marathon. There were three of us so I mainly picked up trash while the others pulled flags and signs. Michelle was at the end of the half so I got to spend time with her which was fun too.
Posted by Ryan at 11:17 AM