|Walking with our corral to the start.|
Watching Steph Bruce win the USA 10K championships on the big screen while waiting for my corral start
was the highlight of the day! She's been trying to get a national title for 10 years!
(And then she replied to my congratulatory tweet!)
U is the last corral, typically walkers, who can handle starting in the later
heat a little better.
Me, E, and E's dad lined up for the tradition this year.
Despite it being 86F at 11 PM the night before (thankfully, there were some thunderstorms to cool it down), the predictions had been for slightly cooler and less humid than last year's slog. Unfortunately, at the last minute, even with moving the start 30 minutes earlier, they changed the danger rating to "red/severe." I suspect it was just as hot and humid as last year, if not worse. To the bank with the thermometer reading 77F at mile 2: I probably could have lived without that information, as I knew it was supposed to climb 5 degrees over the next hour.
|We may have shown up a tad early...|
I didn't actually think I'd made a mistake as miles 2 and 3 were downhill. So, I was happy with the 5K (versus >36 minutes last year), and I felt strong and solid while running it and then walking to get back to my target average pace, happy to be pushing, but fit.
Apparently, if you are a healthy late thirties dude,
you can run a decent 10K in the heat and humidity
off 3ish miles running/week (so long as you bike 15+),
but it doesn't feel great afterwards...
In other news, I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I totally won the in-law lottery:
Our Brother-in-law is quite the chef and hosted the whole family for 4th of July caprese
followed by sous-vide octopus finished on the grill with salsa verde
and pancetta chips over cauliflower steaks for dinner.
Now that's a post-race feast!