Riverwalk 5 Mile Race: Another PR
Today I ran the 11th Riverwalk 5 Mile Run. This is my first time racing a 5 miler, so I was wondering how I would do. However, coming from a marathon last weekend and feeling like I have been all week, I did not think I would be able to get a good time so I was not expecting a strong performance.
Yesterday I woke up feeling like I had no energy at all. It's one of those weeks with my energy at its lowest (women will understand), but I did not want to miss the event unless necessary. I did 55 minutes of kickboxing last night and that made my energy go up, but I did not know how the night would go. So I put the alarm for 5am and went to bed at 11pm, which is super early for me. I woke up refreshed and fine, so all systems were a go.
It was a very nice race. Hot and humid (70F-77F and 97% humidity), but it was a good course. 3 hills overall (Miles 1, 2, and 5). I decided to see how the legs would hold during mile 1 and how I would feel afterwards. So when I felt strong, I kept pushing. Water over my head at every water station, a little bit of water too and push push push. I broke my 5K PR by a few seconds and it was 20F warmer than my PR race (and I felt like I was having a walk in the park). I would have also broken my 10K PR had I continue running, also 20-30F warmer than that race. So, overall, I'm happy with my performance. 44:50 and 6th out of 34 in my AG and an average pace of 8:58mm. Wow!
9:02 (this part was 1.05 but it was mostly because we met the 5K walkers and I had to weave a lot) Pace according to Garmin was 8:42mm).