I love a race series especially one that takes place along the gorgeous and historic Charles River in Boston.
How did I get so lucky to call this my running path?
Thursday July 17th marked the third installment of Racecancer's Boston Summer 5k Series.
I competed in Race 1 on May 29, but missed Race 2 on June 12 due to injury.
When I woke up on July 17, I wasn't feeling it. I was just having one of those days when I wasn't in the mood to race. I think it happens to all of us at one time or another.
But, I knew I would feel better if I went, saw friends and just hit the pavement.
I arrived early for the race since I misread my calendar as to what time it started. Oops! I took the extra time to get some pre-run walking and stretching in.
I was deciding whether I would run both 5ks offered - the women's only 5k was kicking off at 7 and the co-ed 5k would follow at 7:30. I was going to wait and decide after race #1.
The women lined up just before 7 for pre-race announcements.
Not sure why I look so tall compared to everyone else. Hmm... For the record I am 5-8.
Also for the record, I was NOT posing in this photo. It just looks that way. ;)
Do you guys like my Race Ragz blog shirt? It was only the second time I wore it in a race.
As the pre-race jitters sunk in (like they do for every single race I participate in), I tried to block them out and turn it into fuel.
I had no expectations for the race time-wise and was just going to get out there and enjoy the atmosphere.
The course is basically the same for every race so I wouldn't have any surprises during the 3.1 miles.
After a 10 second countdown, we were OFF!
Ladies zoomed past me and I was okay with that. I wasn't going to PR and I needed to stay in my own game.
We crossed over the Eliot St bridge just before Mile 1 and I had to snap a pic.
How beautiful is that?
Mile 1: 7:48
It was hot and humid. I don't normally run in sleeves so I had to keep tucking my sleeves back under the strap of my sports bra. Having wardrobe malfunctions or annoyances while running is never fun.
And of course a halfway point selfie for everyone's enjoyment. ;) This was actually the second attempt at the selfie as the first was horrendous. Yes my mid-run selfies are not always perfect on the first try. :P
I want to thank the race for having two water stops during the 5k loop. They were both needed and appreciated.
Mile 2: 7:59
Since I was once again running without music, I needed something to occupy my mind for the final mile so I took in the people around me. I was trying to remember if any were around me during the first race in the series. I also had a blast watching this young girl - maybe around 10 or so - running with her mom. She kept looking over her shoulder to see if any of us were about to pass her.
I loved her fire and tenacity. Part of me wanted to step it up a notch to see what she would do, but I really wanted her to have that moment with her mom. So I hung back.
I also want to thank the race for providing free race photos to participants. It is such a rare thing these days. This photo was about 1/2 a mile from the Finish.
I gave it all I could for the final 1/2 mile, but between heat and my overall tiredness it felt like I was moving in place or I was on a treadmill. Has anyone else felt that during a run? I looked down just to confirm I was in fact moving forward.
As I neared the Finish Line, I looked to my right and saw a couple having a picnic - on the ground - among the geese. Ummm not my idea of a romantic date - umm hi goose poop - but they looked like they were having a phenomenal time.
Mile 3: 7:56
I crossed the Finish Line and went directly to the water jugs.
Let me tell you how much I did NOT feel like I was running sub 8's. Prior to my watch buzzing at Mile 1, I really expected to see a 9:30-ish pace. I just felt heavy and hot the entire race.
So while I am excited to see the final time, I really felt off the entire run. I don't think I could've done anything different. I was properly hydrated. I had plenty of fuel prior to the race. I was stretched. I think the heat/humidity was just there. Hi Summer! ;)
Once the first race was over, I was chatting with my friend George and seriously considering running the second 5k slowly. A cool down if you will. But as the time passed prior to the second race, the achiness in my left hammy was increasing. So I listened to my body and headed home.
Start to Coed 5k
With my weekly weigh-in the next morning I opted out of the post-race party at Miller's Boston Ale House sponsored by Long Trail Brewing. But man I could've used a beer after that race.
That night I looked at the race results for the women's only race and I was nowhere to be found. Hmm... I know from my mid-run selfie that I was in fact in there. After a quick tweet to the race organizers, I was told some people were missing from the electronic results, but were still on the manual list. It didn't take them long to fix the mistake. Thanks!
My 24:19 (7:50 min/mile pace) placed me 33rd overall out of 108 and 11th out of 35 in my division.
Have you ever participated in a women's only 5k?