Pumpkin Chase 5K Race
Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. I love getting dressed up (favorite and most-used costume: Turn Back Time Cher) and I love hosting my annual party. Clearly, hosting party=cheat day so I let loose last night, sucking down some of my homemade mummy rummy punch and eating deviled eyeball eggs and other borderline bad-for-you, festive apps. Feeling a little overstuffed and tired from staying up way too late, naturally I decided to enter a 5K today just hours before the 3 pm race time.
As you’ve seen if you’ve followed my workout posts, I don’t do much speed work during my runs. Based on my resting heart rate, average run pacing and corresponding heart rates, and daily mileage, I
determined breaking the 30-minute mark for the 3.1-mile race was a reasonable goal for the day. I fell short by 2 seconds, crossing the finish line at 30:01. How could I have missed by 2 seconds? Chalk it up to lack of familiarity with the course and a miscalulation. In the last 1/4-mile, my trusty Forerunner was telling me I wouldn’t beat 30 minutes so I let up a bit and put it in cruise control. Soon after, the course
took a sharp right, uphill turn and then a left and to my surprise the finish line was suddenly about 30 yards away! I sprinted toward it with an eye on the clock that read around 29:50 and I just couldn’t make it. I also should have considered that I was running the inside track on the course, which shortened up its length to 3.04 miles (hence why Garmin told me a little white lie about my timing). Better luck next time–lol.
Regardless of falling a little short of my goal, I enjoyed the run, which was part road, part trail. Waveny Park in New Canaan is gorgeous and well-groomed and who knows if I would have pushed myself that hard today if I hadn’t entered the race? The cute T-shirt and post-race apple cider sweetened the deal as well, making it an afternoon well-spent.
–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
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