Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Saturday 1/20/18 was the Livestrong at the YMCA 5k in Port Orange, FL. Going into this race, I was pretty eager to prove to myself I could do better than last year. You see last year I made something I like to call a PW (personal worst) with a time of 23:42. I knew if I wanted to improve that, it meant conquering the dreaded Dunlawton Bridge not once but twice. I was so unprepared for it last year I almost had to walk it the second time up...almost. Last week I had some really good training sessions so I knew at least I could prevent a repeat performance.
Mile 1 6:26
I lined up in the front and had no trouble getting a quick start. The first mile had us going south on Halifax Drive for about half a mile then a turnaround. I like this route and felt like it went by pretty quickly. I saw my time after the watch beep and felt disappointed but at the same time I tried to save some energy for the bridge subconsciously.
Mile 2 7:00
After the first mile turn, we headed up towards the bridge and it sure was a daunting site. Finally, I started making my way up and it was difficult from the start. I slowed down way more than I wanted to. I certainly need to step up my hill workouts. That was a tough mile, and I knew it was far from over.
Mile 3 6:55
Mile 2 was so bad I knew I couldn't afford another mile in the 7 minute range. Mile 2 finished at the bottom of the bridge round 1 then we turned around to face it once more. I really tried to speed up but my legs just weren't' having it. Luckily there was no one following me closely or they would have definitely been able to pass me. I feel like this race was such a struggle haha.
Mile .10 6:08
I knew the finish line was in site but it was still so hard to finish this race. My legs were dying and I was so ready for it to be over. I at least gave it all I had after the 3 mile beep and I was really happy to get my medal and water and just be able to stop running.
Sure, my time was pretty rough but I did improve almost 2 in a half minutes from last year. I don't believe that it's from bad cardio but rather just lack of hill/bridge work. Now that I'm healthy I will start incorporating more of that into my workouts. I have a couple weeks off to get ready for the Daytona Beach Lap the Track 5k. Also, I view this race as a personal test and plan to do even better next year.
Our awards were these awesome tumblers that I can't wait to bring to work to show off. The long sleeve tech shirts and finisher medals have an excellent color scheme. The overall and masters winners also received gift certificates at a local running store. The swag at these races is different from year to year but always some of the best around.
Overall: 6th out of 222
1st Overall Female