Seeing as the past 2 races I have done were 5k’s, I don’t want anyone out there thinking I’m a convert to short course. I still only find two things “fun” about a 5k:
1. The first 30 seconds before my brain and cardio system synch up and I realize how hard it’s going to be to run that fast.
2. The fact that it is over in time for you to still do just about anything you want that day: long ride, swim, all day marathon of FRIENDS. Seriously, there’s still plenty of time in the day.
Lucky for me this 5k adventure turned into a TeamHPB event! I convinced Leslie to come out for a good old fashioned run to the death duel, and Steph and Katie both came because who wouldn’t want to run a 5k when they are in the middle of SWIM CAMP?! And Nate came as the official photographer (just kidding…though he was a very useful photog).
The race itself, as anticipated, caused me and Leslie to run our little triathlete legs into the ground. After taking the lead about .5 miles in, I held on until just over 2 miles when Leslie put in a surge up the final (mile long) hill at the end. I have trained with Leslie enough to know that she will hold on to no end at that point, so my only hope was going to be to trick her. I tried to breathe as quietly as possible so she’d think she dropped me. It wasn’t until the last little hump of the hill that I broke, giving some good seconds between us. I was, however, quite impressed with her lack of a look back on the final turn — had I seen that happen I might have felt like a small window opened for me to get that last kick in! But alas, the 6 second span between our finishes felt like an eternity in 5k time.
Despite all of these 5000 meters adventures lately, my next adventure which I am off for this week is 8.45 times that — 26.2 miles to be exact. I have to say I think I’m more anxious about this one than about most iron distance races! There’s just something about the unknown of a marathon that makes each night a little sleepless. But, the workouts are done and the hay is in the barn. More from Tucson later this week!