Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Sunday 10/29/2017 was the 6th annual Lighthouse Loop half marathon and 5K in Port Orange, FL. Last year my time was 23:25 (a PR at the time). The 5k started at 10 am because some people chose to run in both the half marathon and the 5k for extra bling (I was not one of them). I'm not particularly a morning person so sleeping in on race day was fantastic.
The weather was overcast and chilly with a slight mist. Luckily the rain held off, and it made for perfect conditions. I had a successful week of training and felt like I could set another PR of under 20:53, so that became my goal going into this race. Anything under 20:53 would make me happy.
Mile 1 6:20
They made the 5k an out and back course this year which meant no bridge for us (I rejoiced a little when I found this out). Everyone did a great job promoting this event. There were well over 200 runners in the 5k alone (a lot more than last year). I lined up towards the front and tried to stay warm until we started. I knew these would be good conditions. Sweating on the start line means a hot race but shivering a little means an enjoyable one. The chill went away right after we started and I felt so positive about this first mile. I tried to push myself into a comfortable yet fast pace.
Mile 2 6:39
I knew I had a decent first mile and wanted to continue the pattern. I have been focusing on increasing my mileage during my more intense treadmill session rather than increasing my speed, which has helped my endurance so much. Running 4 miles at a fast pace makes the 2nd mile of a 5k easier.
Mile 3 6:51
This mile also felt more comfortable than the previous 5ks, but it's still my problem area. The last mile is where I start to feel any fatigue or pain I'm holding off, but luckily I felt less than usual. I kept telling myself not to slow down.
Mile .10 6:15
I tried to sprint as much as I could here because the final sprint can shave valuable time off your pace. I saw the clock in the low 20-minute range and thought OMG this is great. My official time was 20:17 over 3 minutes faster than last year. I know a lot of this had to do with the conditions, but hey it's still a pretty significant PR.
I think I found a training plan that works for me. It's what I like to call "the listen to your body plan." I also feel like the longer runs at a faster pace have significantly helped with my endurance in racing. Now for what has been a long-term goal of mine forever-running a 5k in under 20 minutes. The shirts were even better this year, and the sizes fit nicely. I got a unique and beautiful lighthouse trophy and a gift certificate for my overall win. The Lighthouse Loop is by far one of my favorite races of all time. I'm counting down for next year!
Time: 20:17 *PR
Overall: 2nd out of 262
1st Place Overall Female