Saturday, June 9, 2018

Summer Run Streak, Day #16

Up early today after a long night last night. Had a 5k race to do, so headed over to the neighborhood of the race.

Ran an early mile warm-up and actually found some trails that were pretty nice around the race course. I ran the trails, which were much cooler than it was on the pavement, and turned around when the grass got too high (I wasn't wearing bug spray, don't want to pick up any ticks.) Knowing that trail is there I'll have to go back next year when I run the race again.

I ran the Gaspee Days 5k at 9:30. Having worked in the neighborhood it's always a bit of a homecoming, and its fun to see friends and familiar faces. Wish the start corral had actual signs to help people seed by pace. I've run the race five times now, and I didn't want to push it because I'm planning on a decent effort at my July 10 miler. The goal was to take it easy, and not go for a PR or anything. Ended up finishing in about 23:26, which is certainly nothing to scoff at.

The course is hilly, too, and I mean that's saying something given that I live on a hill and all around hills. It's a demanding 5k because to really run that distance hard requires a great effort already, and when you add in the technical demands of steep and rolling grades, that 5k can be very exhausting. Anyway, that's why I don't really race it, and my fastest time at it was back in 2014.

I actually feel fresh enough again that I may go out for a short run this evening, just to keep myself loose for tomorrow's long run.

The wife and kiddos are napping now, and then we're off to a fun filled day at a local park. Maybe we'll do the zoo tomorrow? Either way it will be a good time.

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