Melrose Spooky Sprint 5k
Race started at 8:30 and I had no intention of waking up particularly early, especially since I have been sleeping terribly, so I got up at about 7 and then drank a small glass of water and ate a few bites of banana before heading up to Melrose. Plenty of time to get in a good warmup and check out the course, which had some small inclines but no major hills, plus a short section of grass.
I think I started a wee bit fast but felt like I was more or less under control, steadily passing people for the first half of the course. I think the first mile should feel more smooth and the second quite uncomfortable, but instead they both just sort of felt mildly uncomfortable.
After we ran through Pine Banks Park, at around the 15 minute mark, I found myself behind a woman who was running just a teensy bit slower than I was and really didn't want me to pass. The road was slightly uphill here, and we had a bit of a headwind, and I burned a few too many matches passing her at a crosswalk (we were on the sidewalk for this part of the course and she kept herself squarely in the middle of it).
Once I had put a little bit of distance between us I all of a sudden felt like I was going to collapse -- like I had to breath extra fast and stop immediately or else something was going to break inside of me -- which is not a feeling I am used to. I think I tend to run a lot steadier in races. In any case, I very quickly pulled back a lot and tried to recover a bit and was soon rewarded with a downward slope of the road and then the turn out of the wind. I picked it back up again and settled into a faster pace than I had been going most of the rest of the race. It just felt acceptable because it was slower than what I had done to pass.
Had a good finish kick and did NOT flop after the finish line. I think I was 5th woman, 1st in my age group (because the real first was 3rd overall), and I won a gift card of unknown amount to a random store in Melrose that was not open yet and that I will probably never have any reason to visit.
Looks like I forgot to tighten my watch before running so the heart rate data is bogus (even more than usual).
Pretty satisfied with this. Obviously my pacing and feel for this kind of race is totally out of whack but after having done it I am now feeling excited for more rather than feeling total dread about doing them. The time is fine, it's not fast but it's about where I could reasonably expect to be at this level of training and body weight. Just got to keep chipping away!Results