It’s been a busier summer than I anticipated and my blogging has really suffered for it. But I’ve been quite busy in this “summer of 5k racing.”
Since my last post, I’ve run three more 5k races. If you’re counting, that’s now seven races this year at that distance. Of those three, two were OK, one was a bit of a dud. Unfortunately the dud was the last one I ran, so I now have its memory lingering and I’d like to wipe that away. In summary:
6/16 – Tim Harmon 5k, Fairfax VA. This was a really humid day and I wasn’t feeling all that great at the start. My time, 19:53, was not all that impressive either, among the slower results so far this season but I think the weather conditions had something to do with that. The fact that I won my age group despite the slower time certainly suggest so. It was one of those days where I looked back upon it all and said “I’ll take it.”
7/2 – Independence 5000, Fairfax VA. A far cry from two weeks prior, the weather for this race was almost ideal, in the 70s with little to no humidity. And I felt ready to break out with at the very least, my best time of the year and maybe, just maybe get under 19 minutes. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as the rolling hills and sharp turns through the George Mason University campus took their toll on the legs. I still came in at a respectable 19:36 but wasn’t in the money for any awards this time as the race drew a very competitive field. Among the competitors was Michael Wardian, one day off of his world record indoor marathon run. How does he do it? I’ll never know. The winning time was 14:56 and that about says it all!
7/16 – Run for the Gulf, Arlington VA. This was the clunker of the three. In retrospect a lot of things went wrong before I even got started which collectively undid me. It was over 90 and humid at start time, and I had some long days at the office, coupled with less than ideal sleep at night. After meeting a big project deadline, I changed quickly and zipped over the race but didn’t have enough time to get ready – no warmup, no stretching, not even enough time to get my number pinned on my jersey. The race went off while I was still doing that. Resigned to finishing out of the money I had little motivation so I just ran at a 10k-ish tempo pace, still passing a few hundred people. I crossed the line in a chip time of 20:49, not even tired, and didn’t even stick around for awards. Only later did I find out my chip-adjusted time got me 7th overall and the age group win in 45-49. Not exactly what one expects from a 2010 PW performance. Beyond that I’m not going to dwell on it.
Looking ahead I’ve got one more 5k race for the summer, and then I may be done with the distance for a while; we’ll see, though as 5k races are always out there and easy to “jump into.” In any case the DC Roadrunners Club 5k championship race looms on August 3, and I really want to excel in that race.
After that I will be well on the road to New York City and the big marathon date on November 7. After a summer of shorter, faster running I’m ready to get locked in on marathon training again. Hopefully my emphasis on speed will yield some gains as I start to increase the mileage again.