I’ve got a packed spring race schedule approaching.
First of all, quick race recaps. I did the “Feel the Love 5k” put on by Bryn Mawr Running Company at the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia on February 9, 2013. It was a partner race where your race place depended on your time plus your partner’s time added together. I did it with a [guy] friend from running club; my time was 22:04 (gun time) and our combined time was 41:34. We were 5th place in the “Mixed” division (divisions were Lovers, Blood, Mixed, and Same-Sex) and our friends who formed another pair were 4th with a combined time of 38:52.
It was by far the windiest race I’ve ever run. And I swear there was a headwind the entire time. That’s how it always work during running. Afterwards my hands were like blocks of ice (really should have worn gloves) and I downed 2 cups of hot chicken broth right after finishing (the sound of that makes my stomach turn now, but at the time it was just what I wanted).
We also ran to the location of the race, which was about 5 miles. So 5 miles warm-up + 3.1 miles racing + 1 mile cool-down (to the subway station) = around 9 miles for the day. Even though I didn’t PR (5K PR set back in August 2012 was 22 minutes flat) I was really happy with my time because conditions were less than ideal. I’m confident that I’ll set a new PR on a friendlier course.
I would give you a picture of that run but apparently I carry some anti-photography virus because the photographer took a finisher photo of what seems like every person but me (I found the pictures of the people who finished right before me and right after me) …
Next race was the Chilly Cheeks 7.2 mile trail run in Reading, PA. The motto was “never flat and barely runnable.” Barely runnable is a fantastic description. Let’s just say I was perfectly happy with my 11:20 average pace.
Next up on the schedule:
- Track meet on 3/17 … hopefully doing the 4x1600m
- Hoosier Half Marathon 4/6 … aka running club nationals
- Rutgers Half Marathon 4/21
- Nike Women’s Half 4/28
- Broad Street 10-Miler 5/5
There’s no way I’ll be “racing” all of these. I plan to take Rutgers really easy and hopefully race the others. I won’t push it if I feel bad though. Right now with my foot, I just want to come out of this semester un-injured.