Race Takeaway: I’m not ready for inclines.
Today Drew and I ran the Danvers Days 5K. Rob and Chase were our pit crew.
This race is where I have my PR of 19:50 back in 2010. The course has quite a few turns as well as some small hills and inclines. My goal for this race was to improve upon my time from last weeks race. Drew’s goal was to PR. Our plan was to run together for the first 2 miles and then each of us give whatever we have left the rest of the way. We went out and did a warm up of 1.25 miles and then visited with friends before lining up.
Our plan was to hold back the first mile and then kick it up about 15 seconds the second mile. It was hard to hold back and not get pulled into the excitement of the race, but Drew and I kept it in check. We came across the first mile as planned.
Then the inclines start. I struggle through the first and already by the second my legs feel smoked. Drew pulls away from me just before mile 2 and is looking strong.
The next set of inclines and struggle through it, unable to catch Drew in front of me. Drew finished in 26:48 and met his goal of a PR by taking of 7 seconds! I finish in 27:02 and didn’t make my goal of improving from last week. I get 2nd in my age group though. I’m bummed I didn’t do better, but I recognize that it’s going to take time. I just hope to still make Chase and Rob proud that I’m trying hard to keep improving.
Brandi and her fiance ran with their 6 month old daughter in her stroller. Brandi got 1st in our age group!
Great job to Drew and Brandi!!!
And great job to Chase who enjoyed being bundled up and slept the whole time!
F 35-39: 2/8