I think its pretty obvious that I have no clue how to write a race report…
I was pretty exhausted upon waking up Sunday morning. I had been up late working on a paper and forgot that I had to get a long run in. I relied on the treadmill to carry me through the next grueling 16 miles. On the plus side, I forced myself to keep a pace that would be faster than what I am used to while watching my favorite flick, Gladiator.
“Are you not entertained?”
4 hours later, cue the alarm: Knives Out by Radiohead
I struggle to get up and immediately feel stressed about the day to come. My training plan called for 10 miles, I was registered for a 5k, had to finish my paper, and a concert in Boston that night.
Time for no excuses except that it was wicked cold, bed was warm, I was hungry, fatigued from the late night run, and hadn’t slept much.
We headed to the 5k a bit before the start so we could get our bibs. While in line, I had a bright idea! I could get my miles in now! I grabbed my bib, pinned it on, gave my coat to the boss, and set out for 4 easy miles as a warm-up.
I started on the course where the 5K would take place and made my way to a nearby trail. It had some roots but wasn’t very technical or had any elevation. There were a few bridges but everything was frozen. I did an out and back and made it back to my car with 5 mins to spare before the inaugural Resolution Run was to commence.
We made our way to the starting line and I parted ways with my paramour. I went to the front of the pack and was feeling good. FROZEN. but solid enough. Shortly after the National Anthem, the wheelchair division took off.
I was standing there wondering how fast were the people this far up front and we were off.
I kept pace with the top 10 for about 3/4 of a mile. This course was flat! I checked my watch and realized I was totally going to burn out. I haven’t run a sub 7 mile in a few years and I was on pace to go for 6:40. I slowed it down a bit and began to fall back further among the ranks. My hands were ICE and I could no longer feel them as I hit the first-mile marker at 7:20. This course showed off some beautiful homes in the town of South Windsor. It ran like a lollipop which I didn’t mind since I was beginning to suffer at the second-mile marker which I hit sub 16:00. I had 1.1 to go and then 3 after that to finish up my daily mileage. I kept a steady 8:30 pace for the rest of the run. I came around the bend where I passed the entrance to the trail where I warmed up which meant I was close to the finish line. I sprinted my way to end only to be blocked by a goober but it was all good. It was my best 5k in years!
After finishing, I thought I might puke but was able to keep it together. I collected my water bottle and went back on the course to catch up with my lady. She finished shortly after and we made our way to the chili line! The chili was vegetarian and tasty. It totally helped warm us up and we headed into the brewery that was hosting the finishing party. CT Valley Brewing Co. makes some of my favorite beer and I was very tempted to break my no beer rule for this training cycle but I held out.
Overall it was a fun event put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. I’m hoping to run it again next year and maybe hang with the lead pack for the first 2 miles :p