Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Saturday 9/16/17 was the 19th Annual South Daytona 5K Run. This is the kickoff event of the 2017-2018 Daytona Running Series. Unfortunately, I knew going into this race that it would not be a PR due to the hurricane delay and my lack of speed workouts and regular training in general. My goal for this run was around a 7 minute/mile pace. Like I said a far cry from a PR but also far enough from the embarrassing range.
I was very pleased they didn't have to postpone this event due to hurricane damage and excited to get back into racing. I know the directors/volunteers put in a lot of extra work and it was all greatly appreciated by us. Organizing these events is hard enough and adding factors like hurricane cleanup puts into perspective how much work truly goes into every 5K.
It started at 8 am, and the weather was beautiful and refreshing on a summer morning in Florida. Packet check-in was straightforward with no waits. I knew this was a smaller race and probably even smaller than usual due to the uncertainty.
Mile 1 6:39
I'm going to use my watch time because I do not have the official results. It says I ran 3.16 miles. The turns may have added a little, or maybe I started/stopped the watch before I crossed the mat who knows. The starting line was narrow, so I was unable to line up near the front. Everything seemed to even out when it got underway. The first mile felt pretty good I wasn't out of breath or anything. My first miles are usually uneventful, and this was no exception.
Mile 2 7:02
Mile 2 was more of a struggle than the first. I knew I slowed down a bit but tried hard to maintain a decent pace. The course was pleasant through the neighborhoods. There were many turns which they marked, and the friendly volunteers did a great job directing everyone and holding car traffic for us. I love road races for many reasons, and being able to run without worrying about traffic is one of them.
Mile 3 7:21
No surprise when I'm not where I want to be with my training my last mile suffers. I have a tough time maintaining my pace when I'm not in peak shape. I was able to pass one person and knew there probably wasn't anyone around me that I needed to worry about.
Mile .16 6:17
I was able to sprint as soon as I saw the finish line. Happiness is seeing the finish line after a tough race.
The Swag/Final thoughts
I love the shirts they gave out. They have an old school feel to them which I enjoy. The awards were amazing! This is the biggest plaque I've ever won from running! Winning overall female was a huge accomplishment. Considering all the factors out of my control, I had a decent race. Now it's time to train for a solid week before my next race and see how much I can improve.
Overall: 3rd of 85
1st Place Overall Female