I’ve done this race 5 times before. And I’ve always enjoyed it.
My previous times were: 2009 – 31:04, 2010 – 29:49, 2012 – 30:58, 2014 – 28:25, 2016 – 28:33.
In 2010, I was recovering from an achilles injury and in 2012 from a broken ankle. And obviously healthy in 2014 and 2016.
If I ran it again this year, I would be trying for at least a course PR but with racing, you just never know how things will turn out.
I remembered that in this race, you walk up a hill to start the race and you finished running down this hill. Couldn’t be any better than that. Right?
For some reason, I haven’t run this race the past two years. This year, I signed up because it fit into my schedule
Well, sorta. I should have been running a 12 mile LSD run per my marathon training plan. And I had been in NYC working all week (ran a 5k on Wednesday night) and got back late the night before. Not ideal. But welcome to my life!
The race started at 8:15 at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa which is about 45 minutes away from my house. I dragged myself out of bed at 5:30 am and left around 6:45 am.
This nice local race usually has about 200-300 runners. There’s no parking lot but it is easy to find parking on the street. There are bathrooms in the museum which is always a plus.
I got there early enough to find a close spot and use the rest room (in the museum). The temps were warm and insanely humid. (Almost as humid as Wednesday night but with sun).
I bumped into a few runners that I knew and chatted until it was time to walk all the way up the hill to the start.
There I found my friend Laurie, whom I knew was running this race.
We started together but I lost her quickly.
The first mile was a gradual uphill but nothing too steep. I was going to try to hold back but my legs felt like lead so I didn’t need to worry about that. Boy, was it humid!!!!
I was hoping to run the whole thing but around halfway at the water stop, I was out of breath so I stopped and walked for a while. The humidity was killing me.
Mile 2 seemed to be flat but every time I tried to speed up, I felt out of breath so I walked again and again. I knew I had to give up on hopes of a PR and just finish the race.
I walked several times during the last mile.
I knew there was that downhill to the finish… but it seemed forever in coming.
Finally I got to the steep downhill, I wish I was confident enough to go all out but I was afraid of falling flat on my face so I held back.
Then I saw the clock. It was 28:xx and I ran as fast as I could.
I crossed at 28:30. (There was no timing mat at the beginning).
Although I was dripping wet, I did not feel as bad as I did Wednesday night. Most likely because I walked several times the last mile.
I grabbed some water and a banana and chatted with some friends while waiting for Laurie.
I checked the screen to see if I won an award. My name was not listed so I talked to the person doing the timing and he manually entered my time.
They gave awards for 10 year age groups and I won 2nd.
mile 1 – 9:08
mile 2 – 9:14
mile 3 – 9:05
No PR (over a minute faster in June on a harder course.) No course PR. (just a little slower.)
Coincidentally, I recently posted about slowing down. Well, maybe I am. My last two 5ks have not been stellar performances but I’m not giving up on speed. I’ll attribute it for now to the weather and weariness.
I decided after the race to go to the Zim Smith Bike Path to run 9 more miles.
UGH!! I did not want to…
It was 10 am by the time I started, sunny, still humid and I was BEAT!!!!
The run SUCKED!!! I ran, walked, dragged my feet but got it done.
The only thing that got me through it was some podcasts during and Leah’s Cakery’s chocolate milk at the end!
Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.
Happy Running! Did you race this weekend? Do you have a big race coming up? Please share.