In case you were wondering how it would feel to race a 5K 6 days after a marathon I will fill you in… It’s ROUGH. So why did I do it? This small, local race has become a little family tradition. It’s the last Saturday in May and always offers some prize money to the overall male and female winner. This was my third time to run Portfest and I’m pretty sure it was the hottest!
There happened to be a few other races going on Saturday morning (including a big Grand Prix race in Little Rock) so the racing field was small with just about 75 runners and walkers. My two older kids wanted to run in it so we all headed up to Newport Saturday morning.
By the time I warmed up and headed to the starting line the temps were in the mid 70’s with 85% humidity.. The Portfest 5K course itself is very flat and in my opinion a fast course but there is also no shade so on a bright summer day it can get a little toasty.
You know how you feel the first time you run after a marathon? Slow. Heavy. Tired. That’s how I was feeling and for good reason. This was the first time I had run since the marathon six days earlier. The Poconos left me tired and SORE.
John was standing near the start but he missed the lead runners starting. He did get a good shot of the kids. 🙂
|Abi is center in the blue tank|
|Anthony is center in the blue shirt, black shorts|
Mile 1- 6:01.
For the first few minutes I was actually feeling pretty good. I tried to convince myself that I could maintain a sub 6 minute pace. After what seemed like forever I glanced down at my watch only to discover we had only gone a half mile. My legs felt like I had already run 20 miles that day. I knew this was going to be a long 5K mentally and physically.
Mile 2- 6:17. I was slowing down big time. I was tired and it felt like I was running in a sauna. At the turn I glanced back to see how big my lead was so I decided to scale it back and not force it.
Mile 3- 6:23. I turned this mile into more of a tempo mile.
Mile 3.15- 0:56 (6:20 pace). I wish I could say I finished strong but all I can say is I finished. The heat combined with marathon legs zapped any kick I might have had.
Official Finish Time: 19:30– 1st overall (male and female). Official results can be found here.
(Last year a 16:20 won overall and I came in 5th with an 18:08.)
The kids did well despite the heat and I am so proud of them. Abi placed 1st in her age group and Anthony was 2nd in his.
I also met up with a new running client of mine- Brandi who set a 1.5 min pr. (If she can do this on a hot day she is going to crush it when the weather is actually decent!)
All in all it was a good morning. When we got back to Searcy we hit up our favorite post race restaurant- Chick fil-a.
We also visited Beyond Boundaries– a new local running and outdoors store in town. I won a gift certificate there at a race I ran in March so it was fun going on a mini shopping spree. John, Abi and I each got a shirt. Abi’s is my favorite.
Saturday afternoon I had planned to meet up with my college roommate who was in town for a wedding. We met in 1997 and have been friends ever since. It’s always good to see Brooke!
I must admit that I’m looking forward to feeling a little more back to normal. I think the marathon one week ago combined with summer weather have left me feeling a little tired and unmotivated. I’m just keeping my runs easy right now and hopefully next week I can jump into some speed work. Go! mile is coming up soon!
Hope you are adjusting to the summer temps. It takes some time. Hang in there!