Yesterday I ran the Clinton Township Country Run. There were 3 race distances: 15K, 5K, and 1-mile. I ran the 15K.
7:22 average pace
5:51 best pace
Seriously, could the sky be any bluer?
This was the earliest I have ever “raced” after a marathon (12 days) and while that is probably enough time for many people to fully recover, I definitely wasn’t completely back to normal. I felt good, but not perfect. It was a beautiful day to race, however, and a beautiful course at that. I swear, this race gets beautiful weather every year. Set in the countryside of Clinton Township, we ran on packed down trails through farmland, over bridges of water and past quaint red farmhouses. This course was much easier than the hilly 15k I ran last month, but of course, I finished 3 minutes slower in this race because of Boston.
My goal for this race was to stay between a 7:15-7:30 pace. I started out fast (7:04) because the course begins downhill. I spent the next couple of miles making up for that. I am terrible ‘middle of the race’ racer, meaning I usually start strong (read: too fast) and finish strong. I always have a pretty good kick at the end, probably meaning I save a little during the race. It is something I am still playing with. Today (yesterday) was not the day to change mess with things though. It is just something I am trying to stay aware of.
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Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
*Did you race this weekend? Hit the gym? What did your weekend workout look like?