Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Saturday 9/30/17 was Run For Success 5K at LPGA. I didn't have the best training week. I've been struggling with over-training and not knowing how hard to train and when to take a break, but that's another post. Even though my training wasn't 100%, I still wanted to try for another 5k under 21 minutes.
Initially, I hadn't even planned on participating in this event since my September schedule was busy, but the racing company sent coupon codes for half off. Yes, please sign me up! September ended up being a slower month than I thought because of the hurricane; everything worked out for the best.
Morning packet pickup was in front of the LPGA clubhouse. They had separate lines for shirt pickup, bibs, and goody bags which kept it moving. The goody bag included some sunscreen, pens, and a notepad which is always a bonus.
Mile 1 6:23
One of the beneficiaries of the run was the Boys & Girls Club, and there was an option to sponsor a child so that they could run. There were probably over 100 kids running. They told the adults to line up in the front, keeping the kids in the back to make sure they didn't get in our way at all. I got up near the front and was off. This mile was one of the first fastest miles I've had in awhile, but it felt right so I just kind of went with it.
Mile 2 6:52
This course was out and back through the LPGA neighborhood and very pretty. I decided to use my phone/armband for the time instead of my watch for accuracy purposes, but the volume was down too low (fail), so I had no idea how fast I was going. Thankfully the mile markers were obvious.
Mile 3 6:59
Woo-hoo every mile under a 7-minute pace that was one of my goals 🗸. My 3rd mile is usually the worst, but this time it didn't feel too much worse than my 2nd mile. I wonder what would have happened if I knew my paces during the race. Would I have had a better 2nd or 3rd mile? I'll never know.
Mile .1 8:01
This was not my usual sprint at the end...oops haha. I don't know what happened there. Seriously I have no words.
Overall it wasn't a bad race. It wasn't a PR either, but I can't complain too much about my time. You can't PR each time now, can you? Hopefully, I can improve a bit for my race in two weeks. They gave us breakfast sandwiches and plenty of water after the run plus these sweet finisher medals (you know I love finisher medals). I would give the awards and the black tech shirts an A+ as well. It was a very well organized event; the volunteers and directors did a fantastic job. This is a "will do again" race for sure.