Encouraging race today!
Another double-race-weekend was capped by today’s Leesburg 5K, the fourth race overall and the first campaign race put on by 30@30’s top sponsor, Potomac River Running. The large event was expertly managed and organized.
I had two aggressive goals entering the race:
1) Don’t get injured. (✓)
2) Run the fastest race of the campaign to date. (✓)
I was 2/2! This despite my left calf experiencing some soreness around mile one that stuck around through the race but luckily didn’t get worse. The course had its share of slow ups-and-downs, making it by far the hilliest of the four races run so far, but never too challenging.
I was pleased with my time of just over 22 minutes but still have absolutely no idea how to tactically pace any race. The first mile felt like it could have taken anywhere between 6:45 and 8:15. I had no idea.
In reality, I averaged just over 7min/mile… though my first two miles were about 7:15 and the last one about 6:35. The negative split was very encouraging, albeit inefficient. Most encouraging was my recovery time; while exhausted at the finish line, I felt much better after just a minute or two.
I also finished 2nd in my age group (30th overall/23rd overall men), which got me this great cowbell medal and a gift certificate to Potomac River Running, which I am excited to use to pick up some racing equipment. I have enjoyed munching on some pre-race sugar/caffeine chewables and may pick up another batch.
Next week is the first 10K of the campaign – another PRR event out in Reston – join me if you’re in the DC area!