This 5K was going to be a PR race. I was feeling good and I was going to go for it, all out. Well, Mother Nature and the race course had other plans for me.
First off the weather sucked. Temperature was in the 50’s, no sun and windy. I know 50’s is by no means cold by some standards, but this “Floridian” felt cold. It is amazing how your body changes when you move somewhere warm.
Secondly, I did not realize I was running over the Clearwater Bridge. Not once, but twice. Out and Back. Maybe I should have checked the race course before attempting a PR. My bad for sure, I definitely won’t make that mistake again.
My friend Carrie drove to the race and we arrived bright and early.
Maybe, too early. We ended up sitting in the car until right before the race start, because it was so cold…lol. I left the car briefly to grab a pic with my MRTT ladies at 7:30. Right after the pic we all headed out to check out the booths and let me tell you, there were a lot of booths and a lot of free swag. Even free fun pictures!
At about 7:55 am we headed to the start. It was a pretty small race, which I love. I left my friends to head to the front. My race plan was to run the first 2 miles at an effort level 8, mile 2-2.5 at an effort level 9 and mile 2.5-3.1 at an effort level 10.
The plan failed as soon as I hit the bridge. Uphill. Against the wind. It sucked. I tried as hard as I could, but my effort level was probably a 10 during that incline. The downhill and little bit of flat we had had before turning around was awesome, but then at aout mile two we hit the second uphill. At least the wind was at my back, but I for sure was dying by the time I hit the downhill There was another incline after coming off the bridge, but then there was flat and an amazing downhill finish, as you can see from my splits.
I did not PR, but I was only about 7 seconds away from one. I came in 17th overall and 3rd for my age group. Not bad considering the circumstances. It was actually my second best 5K ever!
Overall a great race. Had the weather been better and had I been better prepared for the bridge, this definitely would have been a PR race.
All of my friends had something to do that day so we didn’t hang around long after the race. We grabbed more swag and then headed on our way. I of course had a mimosa and some food first……
It was an awesome race. I was an ambassador and would gladly serve as one again, but I actually paid for this race myself. It was a great deal at $25! I would definitely do it again! This race was actually supposed to be in September but Hurricane Irma had it postponed. I am not sure September would have been better conditions though, it would have been steaming hot instead of cold. Either way, a great race I would definitely recommend.
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