Since I had such an awesome week of training last week, I actually felt inspired to write. I actually ran this 5k race last month but I really want to get in a better habit of recapping my races so I finished this one up before I got started on the recap from last weekend’s race.
Running a race in Chicago in August is a VERY different experience than running a race in Florida in August. Seriously! That was probably the biggest lesson that I learned during the Sea Dog Brewery 5k race on Sunday, August 16th. The weather was so much warmer and the humidity was absolutely stifling. When I finished the Chicago 10k a week earlier, I felt awesome and empowered. The opposite was true when I finished the race on Sunday. What really frustrated me was that I ran half the distance!
On Sunday morning, the alarm started going off at 6 AM. I wasn’t really in the mood to get out of bed but I also didn’t want to miss the first race of the American Running Company (ARC) race series. I quickly got dressed, reset the alarm for Pete, grabbed something for breakfast, and headed out the door. It only took me 30 minutes to get ready, which is pretty darn impressive for me.
The race location was a little less than 30 minutes for the house and it had plenty of parking when I arrived,. Even though I had gone to the bathroom before leaving the house, I decided to use the port-a-potties before the race started. The line was still pretty short so I went in search of my timing chip. When I got back to the line, it was crazy long and I started to worry that I wouldn’t make it to the start of the race. Thankfully, things moved fairly quickly and I made it to the start line with a few minutes to spare.
Mile 1 – 11:49 min/mile pace
Right at 7:30 AM, the buzzer went off and the race started. Since I had felt so awesome after the Chicago 10k, I made the decision to run this race straight through. After all, I have been doing my other training runs without walk breaks. That my first poor decision of the day. My second one was letting my pace be dictated by those around me. I was feeling really good at the start of the race and I started out WAY too fast. As soon as I realized I was running too fast, I attempted to correct my pace but it was too late. By the end of the first mile, I was already thinking about when I would take my first walk break and wondering if I would be able to make to the water stop.
Mile 2 – 13:47 min/mile pace
The second mile of the course snaked through a local neighborhood. As I was running, I kept asking myself why I was running this race on a hot August morning in Florida. The sweat was pouring off of me as I answered myself with thoughts of Sea Dog Blueberry beer waiting for me at the finish line. You know that I am not feeling a race when the only thing getting me closer to the finish line is the free beer at the end. It just so happened that my favorite beer was waiting for me at the finish line of this race. Halfway through Mile 2, I hit the water stop. I grabbed a cup of water and started my first of many walk breaks. A block later, I started running again and decided that I was going to start adding walk breaks at regular intervals. I switched my watch display from average pace to elapsed time and started my 2:1 intervals. Even though I was adding in walk breaks, my body was worn out from the heat and humidity. I just couldn’t get my pace back to where I wanted it to be.
Mile 3 – 13:39 min/mile pace
The last mile of the race left the neighborhood and headed back towards the starting line, which happened to be pretty close to the finish line. By this time, the sun was blazing and I was leapfrogging through the shaded parts of the road. I glanced at my watch and realized that my time was quickly flying out the window. Deep down, I knew that I could do better than this but I just couldn’t get my legs to move any faster. I tried to focus on the fact that I was using this race as part of my long run for the day but it didn’t help me too much. I was still really frustrated that I had a totally rocked a 10k race the weekend before and was struggling to cross the finish line of a race half the distance.
When I finally reached the finish line, I grabbed two bottles of water and sat down to chug the first one. The sweat was still pouring off of me! Then I went in search of the post race breakfast and free beer. I was in desperate need of a Sea Dog Blueberry beer mostly so that I could reward myself for pushing through that hot and humid race.
Sea Dog Brewery 5k by the numbers:
- Official Finish Time – 41:03 minutes
- Average Pace – 13:12 min/mile
- Overall Place – 391 out of 464
- Gender Place – 231 out of 298
- Division Place – 27 out of 37