We Came, We Saw, We Sweated a Whole Lot, and We Conquered.
I am a huge fan of random mid-week races. The Sole to Soul 5K held in Levis Commons on a random Wednesday in August has been one of my favorite go-to midweek races. This was the 3rd year in a row that Hubs and I have participated. The Perrysburg Second Sole flatout is wonderful for the Greater Toledo running community. They do WAY more than the Akron/Canton branches of Second Sole in terms of sponsoring races, developing interest in running, and being a visible presence in the city.
The only problem with this year’s race? It was HOT AS ALL BALLS 87 DEGREES AT RACE TIME! So, I prepped Hubs that I probably wasn’t going to have my best race ever. We planned to run together. However, my legs and lungs had other ideas once the gun went off. I felt good. Really good. So good in fact that my 7:08 first mile felt far too easy. Almost effortless.
The flat course that loops around Levis Commons is conducive for fast running. The heat is not. Neither is a Hubs that keeps yelling “We are flying. I’m dying. Slow down you crazy woman! (he didn’t say that last sentence, the others are true statements). So at the 1 mile marker, I purposely slowed down so not to cause Hubs to enjoy his dinner a second time. Mile 2 split: 7:28. I continued to feel questionably good but Hubs was still dying, so we slowed a bit more. (this picture would show otherwise as we both look awful)
Mile 3 split: 7:44. Hubs finally rallied around the tail end of Mile 3 and pushed me into the finish. Final 0.1 7:00 pace. The entire race I FELT AMAZING SAUCE WONDERFUL HAPPY FEET.
Final Finish: 23:19. Pace: 7:31.
Eli Finish: 4/20 Age Group
Hubs Finish: 3/12 Age Group
-Hubs got an age group award…what what son?!
-I am more than capable of hitting my 5K PR on a cooler day or when I’m not running with Hubs 🙂
-Speedwork is finally paying off in a big way
Can’t wait for the next 5K…Canalway Classic! Happy Running!