I've been "tapering" for Rev3's Half Full Olympic this weekend for, oh, about a month or so (since Vegas my training has been anything but that...) so I figured a little race week speedwork couldn't hurt, right? ...right?
My company's community service group was throwing a 5k charity run mid-week, mid-afternoon and right in the backyard of our building... there was no way I wasn't running. At about 3pm (after sneaking a pre-race Powerbar gel in the girls bathroom) we all headed out to the field. About 400 of us took the field (in waves) and headed out to the course. My wave was the first and included like six people and only two girls. Naturally, this was a great goofy photo-op:
The only problem was that the course meandered through some of the slightly narrow streets around the office just east of Georgetown. There were a few very confused passerby as we dodged past them at a 6:30 pace.
There was an initial pack of about five or so, including one other speedy girl, that I hung with the for the first mile until the heat and mugginess started to get to me. I started to fade and dropped back but managed to keep a gap no greater than, oh, 300m behind the #1 girl. Overall, never felt miserable but the legs were just not there.
Yep, it was a short one - right at 3-miles for 19:35. plus a significant hill that we went down during mile one and back up during mile three.
And now that I actually think of it, I think this may have been my first 5k since high school. I've done a lot of random 5-mile races and 10ks and triathlons galore but i'm thinking this was a first, which totally means an automatic PR.
But the best thing? Because of my job, I know a significant number of people at my firm. Lots of cheering as I came back on the out and back course. The worst thing? I know a significant number of people at my firm. :) Bright red, gasping for breath, sweaty to the point of looking like I dumped water all over myself. No thank you...
If today's race and last night's swim session (took 3k and lots of drills to remember how to actually swim) prove anything, this weekend's race is going to be... interesting. Not holding my breath for a PR but just looking to go out there and have fun.
On the bright side: home from work, done with my workout and ready to kick back and maybe take part in a little debate action. Ah, if only I could get out of work at 3pm every day...