My major takeaway from the two races: I'm out of shape for racing 5ks!
Here's how the two races went down:
Town Bank Turkey Trot
This was a cold, cloudy morning to race. I wore an old pair of Oiselle Lesley Knickers, a Wazelle Long Sleeve and topped it off with Oiselle Feather Trials Hoodie. I was a tad worried about overheating during the race but ended up wishing I had also added a scarf or neckwarmer to the ensemble. The wind was brutal!
Anyhow, the race ended up being pretty slow for me. There were a few slick spots (bridges, wooded trails, etc.) and I decided to slow down to avoid falling. I also just wasn't feeling a crazy fast race. Despite the chill, I enjoyed running through such a pretty area. Toward the end of the race, I became aware of two ladies that were running near me. They both passed me in the third mile but I was able to pretty easily latch on and then kick past them in the stretch to the finish.
My race stats:
Pace: 7:22 min/mile
Age Group Place: 2/XX
Gender Place: 9/XXX
My AG prize
Despite the slow time, I was okay with the result. The goal was to run at medium-hard effort and I felt I achieved that with the race!
The Big Chill
Earlier in the week, the forecast showed a nice sunny day with temps in the low 40s for this race. But by the time Sunday arrived, it was a cloudy, windy day with temps in the low 30s with a real feel in the low 20s. Brrr. So another day of bundling up in capris and a sweatshirt.
I'll admit, I was kind of dreading this race all week. I'm not a fan of the course (it winds through an industrial park) and remember the building runners wait in before and after the race as being unheated. I was at least wrong about the building part - it was a warm and pleasant place to wait before the race. The course though ... just as boring as I remembered. And a stiff headwind made stretches of the race really tough.
I really wanted to run this one faster since it is part of the Winter Run Series and counts toward the series points, but my legs just wouldn't have any of it. So it was slow going. I should have been smarter about tucking into a group to make the race a bit easier but ended up running alone for the most part. There were a few other people around me but no one close enough to share the wind burden with!
Here are my race results:
Pace: 7:15 min/mile
Age Group Place: 2/43
Gender Place: 10/XXX
Mom and I after the race with our AG medals!
So faster than Thanksgiving but not by much and not as fast as I wanted. But after chatting with Coach Matt, I do feel a bit better about the races. He pointed out that we haven't worked on 5k speed in a long time so it's going to take some work before it returns. As fitness improves, speed will improve as well.
Since Lakefront Marathon, I've pretty much been running without any specific goals. But now, my goal is clear - regain speed! Ha, if for no reason other than getting out of the cold faster at these winter races ;)
My questions for you:
- What are your running goals for the winter season?
- What workouts do you do to help regain speed?
- What is your favorite holiday indulgence?
I can't stay away from Christmas cookies when they're within sight. So mine go straight into the freezer so I can control my portions by taking out only a few at a time :)