Stating the obvious-summer racing is a struggle. Even with the short stuff. Obviously the Party With Purpose 5K did not go as hoped…as my splits show.
If you remember, I set my PR here last year…so was a little disheartening to run about a minute slower this year. However, looking at the conditions…96-97% humidity this year during the race…as opposed to 43-46% last year. I’m not trying to use the weather as my excuse, but plain and simple-conditions like that affect me.
Hey, at least the show went on…as there were downpours during the day and knowing (from my brother, a Hoboken resident) that the roads get flooded, there could have been a possibility of a course modification. But as I warmed up along the 1st/3rd miles (this is an out-and-back of sorts) I saw the roads were fine. However, I was drenched after 2 warm-up miles and had a feeling I might be in for a tough race.
So one great improvement this year-chip mats at the start…yay for net times! I saw Flyer ST and lined up near him…he was cracking me up by quoting the announcers before the NYRR races 😛 Oh and even though there were chip mats at the start, lining up was still a free-for-all as I overheard the woman behind me saying that she would run around 30-32 minutes. We started a little late, as the roads needed to be cleared, but finally we were off…
So I thought I could try to stick with ST but after a quarter-mile knew I’d be asking for trouble doing so (and he’d go on to finish 2 minutes ahead of me.) Once I saw my first mile split I knew it wasn’t gonna be my day…but kept plugging along anyway, hey maybe I could negative split, right? Not sure what happened in mile 2…I know thats usually slower in 5ks, but that seemed a little too much…the sharp turnaround was in this mile which didn’t help. Now I just had to suck it up for the last 1.1 miles. I was able to pick it up, and did finish stronger than I did in this race 2 years ago, but the overall time still left something to be desired.
Went for a 2-mile cooldown with a few of the UA guys, and we all agreed that it was a tough night. Though a lot of them placed in their age groups, I think we all wanted our times to be a little faster. Original plan was to hit one of the bars but we stopped by the beer garden/after-party instead so the guys could claim their awards…and wound up staying. And I did have a good time!! Good to chat and kick one back with these guys outside of the workouts. Though man, was it crowded…I had to double-fist just so I wouldn’t have to wait on a long line again 😛
Not sure what to make of my race. I should be in shape to run under 23 in a 5K. My Brooklyn time predicts 22:10, the 4-miler I did back in April predicts 22:37, even the Mini 10K-which was an off-day-predicted 23:03…and the Mini was on a hilly course whereas this one was flat. (I will say, this is a great course and I’d love to get a shot at it in cooler conditions.) But what’s concerning me is that none of my recent races say I am in shape to run a 3:40 marathon, unlike this time last year. Was last summer really that much better, weather-wise than this year?
Originally I considered doing this Saturday’s 4-mile race in Central Park as redemption of sorts, but I’m not sure I will fare much better and I need to get a long run in. Wait it out til Club Champs next month and hope things go better then!