Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Last Sunday 1/7/18 was the Deleon Springs half marathon and 5k in the beautiful Deleon Springs, FL. I wasn't sure if I was able to race because I came down with a bad cold the day before (again). I keep getting sick this year for some reason. Anyway, I did some research and realized it's acceptable to run with a cold as long as the symptoms are above the neck (which they were). I wanted to run at 70% leaving enough in the tank to not hurt myself.
This was a really small race (64 in the 5k and I think even less in the half) so lining up near the front wasn't a problem. The sad part is that the conditions were perfect for PRs, and I felt like I could of had a good race if I was healthy.
Mile 1 6:34
Instead of my usual fast start, I held back quite a bit here and really felt like I was taking it easy without sacrificing too much time. I just tried to run a comfortable race.
Mile 2 6:42
The turnaround came pretty quickly. I definitely wasn't going all out or even close. The route was really scenic a nice change to "city running." One of my favorite parts of out and back races is getting encouragement from other participants. I feel like the running community is a tight-knit one that really comes together in a positive way.
Mile 3 6:53
The course was super flat which translates to being able to see the entire last mile. It felt like it lasted forever and I wasn't gaining on it somehow haha. I felt like I had enough energy to step up and go a little faster, but instead I chose to fall back and take it easy.
Mile .10 6:10
I gave a little sprint at the end knowing the end was near. I knew I would be over 21 minutes judging by how everything felt, but I was okay with that. I saw the clock creep to just over 21 minutes. While that is not the time I ever want considering all the factors going into this, I am happy with how I was able to hold back and not push myself into even more sickness.
One of the coolest things about this race was the "no shirt option" for registration. We were able to save $10 with this. Shirts are great don't get me wrong but I have no many of them I'd rather save some money. I think more races should provide such options for us. The plaques for this racing company are always so unique. Hopefully I can start to get healthy again and train hard for my upcoming races.
Overall 4th out of 64
1st Overall Female