A half marathon is painful, and a 5k is a different kind of pain. I know I’m more suited for long distances – the half and up – but the 5k’s make me better there.
Facing wind gusts of 30+ mph at times – this definitely has been the year of dicey race weather, from last winter to today, compensating for mostly ideal conditions of 2014, I guess things do even out – ran a competitive local 5k this morning, finishing 5th overall in 17:00. Time goals were thrown out the window at the start (the winning time was 15:50, about 50 seconds slower than it normally is here), and instead, it became a race.
Was proud to be in the mix with college and high school runners for most of the way – through the 1st mile in 5:15 and the 2nd mile in 10:35, the head wind kicked in after that. More so than having run a half last weekend, the wind was the main barrier. And the fact that this was a painful anaerobic distance vs last week’s half, it felt like I was sprinting the entire 3.1 miles.
A couple of more 5k’s this month and I should be up to speed…