I had my plan. I was going to stick with it. Ummmm, when it is humid out, throw everything out the window. What I learned yesterday is if you go out a little too fast on a humid day you cannot recover. I know when it is cool out I can tweak my pace a little down to recover pretty quickly, or tweak it up a bit if things seem easy. When it is humid out there is no recovery. I kept trying to tweak it down-down-down . No recovery in sight.
My first mile was 6:58. It didn't feel too bad, but I wanted to feel better at mile two, so I started tweaking my pace down. I never started feeling that much better. I hit mile 2 at 14:21. :). I still didn't feel all that great. I kept tweaking down, because I knew the course had a 1/2 mile straight away, and I wanted to push hard there. No recovery at all. I pushed the last 1/2 mile, because I honestly wasn't sure if I could hit sub 22:00 or not. When I saw my clock hit 22:00 I slowed down for a bit, and then sped up again and finished it. 22:19 was my official time. My alias was Mike Harju. He's got some work to do if he wants to P.R. a 5K now. :)
I ran with Mike, who's alias was Dan B. I'll save that name to protect the innocent. Mike did great. A sub 9:00 pace, which is slow for him, but his "running" training is off this year due to Hockey, work, injury.... you name it. I think that was a hell of a race for him all things considered.
I learned something about racing in humidity. It sucks!!! I did the best I could for the conditions given. Not too disappointed at all. It is just a race anyway right?? I napped a bit after my 5K which means the effort was definitely there. Then I had a lazy day of watching Soccer, and the Sox beat the Cubs again. U.S. tied England in soccer. I think we outplayed them, but they are a dangerous team. They can counter quickly. Rooney was non-existent, and their goalie let in a softie. :)
That is it!!! Pretty fun day for me!!! :)
Hope everyone has a great and awesome day!!! :)
Love you all!!! :)