So this weekend was the Pineway Ponds 5 mile race. At first I was excited because it was supposed to be a 40+ degree day. Not quite how it happened, the cold rain and the ice everywhere (from everything melting) made conditions less than stellar. But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right?
I really had no idea what to expect from this. I am still base building after a few weeks of down time, and I haven't done speed workouts since before CIM. Not to mention getting sick the day before this race, chugging gingerale and inhaling saltines in the car on the way to the race isn't exactly ideal. Either way, I was just happy to be feeling some adrenaline pumping through me again.
|I'm in the neon pink standing while everyone else started running. Woops.|
First mile was 6:31. The rain was coming down pretty good, and I was thanking myself for wearing my Saucony hat. I really don't like running in the rain without a hat or visor.
Mile 2 was slower but I knew I was still in 2nd female at this point, so I just tried to pick off as many guys as I could to keep me pushing.
There is a video from around mile 2 (maybe?) but I couldn't get it to insert into this post for some reason. Here is the link to the video, I come into view around 1:17 into it...is it me or do we look like we are running really slow? ---> GRTC Freezeroo #3 (2014) - Pineway Ponds 5 mile race
Mile 3 was 6:44 This is where I really started to zone out, I need to start doing some harder training workouts to work on keeping me focused again.
Mile 4 was my slowest (7:02 I think?) I really think I just zoned out too much during this mile. I didn't feel horrible or anything but there wasn't many people around me and I just kept thinking about how I was going to need to pretend to be an Olympic speed skater for the really icy parking lot finish line.
|Luckily while we were running, the awesome volunteers cleared some ice for us so the finish line wouldn't be a death trap. I'm very grateful for this.|
Last mile ended up being my fastest with 6:24. I was happy to be able to finish with my fastest mile without killing myself in the process.
|Right before turning into the parking lot for the finish.|
Final time was 33:26 (6:42 average), good enough for second overall female.
I was really happy to be done, and even happier that I remembered to bring a towel in my car. Soaked doesn't begin to describe me afterwards. Only thing that was somewhat dry was my long sleeve under my Palladium Jacket, that thing did it's job for sure.
Thoughts: I was only 16 seconds behind my last 5 mile time which was in the fall right before CIM. And it was also less than 30 seconds away from my PR. I really can't wait to start working on speed more, I plan on blowing my 5 mile PR out of the water in March.
Next Freezeroo race is the Hearnish 10kish (Yes that's what they call it, the distance is 6.385 miles) in 2 weeks. From what I gather its got some hills in it, so I plan on getting some hill runs in and some speed between now and then. I plan on using all of the Freezeroo races as hard training runs- hopefully it pays off come spring time.
Do you race year round?
Would you rather race in rain or snow?