We are soooo lucky to have a weekly 5k here in town. It is $5 for non-CMS members (Central Mass Striders–a running club), and it is always on–rain or shine! There was a pretty big group today, having something to do with the perfect weather I am sure!
We went to a birthday party Friday night where I ate an unearthly amount of chicken wings and popcorn. Not exactly setting myself up for success! However, my stomach was still a wreck from the 3 days of gluten leading into it so too much fat was the least of my problems!
I checked the QT2 run calculator to see what pace I should shoot for. That thing has NEVER led me wrong. Even though I have done the race before, I completely forgot the course (seriously, I probably blocked it out).
Mile 1 – 7:10. Avg HR: 186. This felt manageable. It trended downhill. I was aiming for right around 7:10 so I was happy, but I definitely went out too hard – typical Courtney getting caught in the excitement of the fast people!
Mile 2 – 7:44. Avg HR: 194. WOOPS. This mile took FOREVER. I was consciously focusing on not throwing up and not walking. It was a slight uphill for pretty much the entire thing, with a pretty short steep hill thrown in the middle.
Mile 3 – 7:45. Avg HR: 196. As you can see from my heart rate, my effort was not lacking–just my pace! I kept thinking to myself that this was somehow a 10k because GEEZ I was out here for a while. I also kept thinking about 5k advice PW had given to me YEARS ago…1st mile manageable, 2nd mile all out, 3rd mile hold on. I was trying! Saw Pdubs with about .5 mile left and tried to look like I wasn't miserable and like I was running fast (both were lies).
TRIED to focus on turnover and using my arms during this mile (so I had something to think about other than how much I hated this!)
Last .1 – 6:59mi/min. Avg HR: 200. Yep. At this point I had resigned myself to throwing up. Thankfully, I did not. But I was close for the 15 minutes following the race!
Total: 23:21 Avg HR: 192. I am not super happy with the time because I was shooting for a low 7 minute pace, but I can also acknowledge I left IT ALL out there and be happy with the effort! Average HR 2 beats lower than the ridiculously hot Gillette 5k last month but what are you gonna do!
Looking forward to racing again at the end of the month–same place, same time!