Another weekend, another race! Fall has been pretty busy!
I am really a fan of seeking out these local races and this past weekend was no exception.
I took a ride into Long Island to run this one. Port Washington. Home to North Shore Animal League. I'm lucky I didn't return home with a puppy.
It seemed perfect logistically - the start was about 2.5 miles from the train station which I figured would serve as a good warm up and cool down and also get my mileage up to double as a long run.
Things I didn't count on, waking up to a very upset stomach (the sad cause: overeating a ton of broccoli the two days prior) and some sore legs thanks to running around Central Park on Saturday morning with my CCFA team training.
I got myself out the door though and figured whatever happened happened.
Other things I did not expect was that the run to the race would be hilly. My body was not happy at the start. But at least it was a GORGEOUS fall morning.
I got there about 15 minutes before go time which was just enough to hit the bathroom and get to the start line.
Other things to note - the start did not run over a mat - which means gun time is your actual time.
With a few remarks they counted down from a minute and we were off.
This was another 2 loop course. I started running and just tried to get in a decent groove. I actually forgot to turn on my music while I was running I was trying to focus on my breathing (and eventually not dying).
First mile clicked off in 8:07.
I was not feeling good. As I finished the first loop I felt my stomach start to get really angry and so I dialed it back a little. Also the guy I was following and pacing off of went out too fast and realized he was fading so had to pass him to not get caught up in his slowing down.
Mile 2 in 8:18.
Now came a woman who looked a little older than me but was trying to pass me.
Bring on my competitiveness. I was NOT about to let her out race me at the end so I was in beat her mode.
And basically survival once I hit the 2.5 mile mark.
Mile 3 in 8:03.
The end seemed interminable - goodness I just wanted to race to end and would not like to see any photographic evidence of me pushing to the end.
Finished the last bit at 7:24.
I don't have official times and they are not posted so for now it is going by my Garmin time.
3.12 miles / 25:19
WHICH is good enough for a PR! (Previous 25:27 so unless I royally fucked up I got it).
And also for a 2nd place AG win.
Very happy with how this went. I was not feeling good by any means and it was nice to be able to push it for that second half. To PR when I was having stomach issues and also my legs felt like lead is a good feeling. I feel like I am doing something right in my training and really progressing. I have my eyes on another 5K in a couple weeks I would love to get under 25 minutes!
Oh and other things that didn't suck, winning a $100 Steve Madden gift card in the raffle.
Overall a great day of racing for a great cause. I will definitely be back to do this race again.