Weston Memorial Day 5K: A Look Back At My Racing Season
Today, I ran the Weston Memorial Day 5K, to start my road to Berlin with a bang. It was a bang alright, to my chest!!!!!
Asthma Attack - Check
Hot Weather - 84F? Check
High Humidity - 72 Dewpoint? Check
Sunny and Shadeless - Check
Nice Patriotic Outfit - Check
After my last 5K, I really didn't want to do another one, but knew that a more recent race would help me determine the paces for my marathon training, which started today. Oh, how I wish I had stayed in bed.
Weather was yucky, 75F and 72 dewpoint when I got there before the sunrise, but 84F and 72 dewpoint, sunny, and no clouds by the time I finish. It was bound to happen. Asthma attack came at Mile 3. I finished in 27:55 and barely made the 28 minute mark. I so hate 5Ks!
Instead of doing this as an RR, I wanted to look at my 2011-2012 racing season, which ended today, and look at how far I've not come. I feel like the last year has been missing. Not because it was a waste, but because I am repeating 2010 in terms of paces and it looks like 2011 never happened. I seriously doubt sometimes I was the person that finished a 5K in 24:57 and a 10K in 51:25, but it did happen. It was just after that time that my running world collapsed.
So, here is my racing season in a nutshell:
- 5Ks - 7, including today, 4 with asthma attacks
- 10Ks - 3, 1 with asthma attack
- HMs - 8, no asthma attacks
- Marathons - 5, 1 DNS (illness), 2 asthma attacks
- Overall - 2 (West Palm Beach Marathon and Disney Half Marathon)
- Post-Asthma - 4 (Turkey Trot 10K and South FL Fair 5K and the two above)
- 2 (Pillbox Pharmacies 5K and Doral 5K)
13.1 Ft. Lauderdale
RnR Miami Beach
One of Rich's abs, of course...
Overall, this racing year I'm going to call it the reset year. I am not necessarily the same runner I was when I started the racing season with very fast PRs and the possibility of a great marathon PR. I feel like I'm bruised and on the floor, on the verge of getting up to fight. My lungs are still at 67% on a good day, 30-50% on most running days. But I am stronger now, and considering my asthma, running 2300 miles in 2011 (more than half of them during the worst part of the asthma) and 2300+ miles this year is a triumph. I will be back, I know that. But it better be quickly!