Today was the annual Irish Jig 5k. The Irish Jig is a big local race – nearly 3500 runners. To ease congestion, they split it up into separate men’s and women’s races. Thankfully the weather cooperated by going from 60F and sunny to 30F, snowy, and windy. Absolutely wonderful racing weather. *end sarcasm* Typical Michigan weather. Tease us with nice weather and then go back to the same old crap.
I was not planning on racing today and taking it easy. I have been overdoing it over the past week and it was catching up on me. I am supposed to be tapering, but because the weather was so nice all week, I found myself sneaking out on an extra bike ride or squeezing in a couple extra miles. Unfortunately, when I got to the race, I got too much into the race mindset and wound up running too hard.
I went out strong on the first mile. Despite being only about 15 yards from the front runners, I still found myself passing people out of the gate an weaving back and forth. Things spread out a bit on the second mile, however, the 2nd mile was all up hill and into the wind. I was really hurting after 2 miles, but with only a 1 mile left, I continued to push on. With the wind at my back and headed back down hill, I picked the pace up a bit.
I finished in 20:28 which is about 1:30 faster than I was planning on running today. Factoring in the weather and how tired my legs were, I am happy with how I did. My splits ended up being 6:28, 6:53, 6:32, which shows how much the wind and hill affected me.
Now that I am done, my hamstring has completely tightened up on me. So, it looks like I will be spending plenty of time with the foam roller and ice pack while I watch March Madness this weekend. It has been a great tournament this year. Just watched #1 Kansas get upset by Northern Iowa. It completely screwed up my bracket (I had Kansas winning the whole thing), but it was a great game.
|Overall Place:||168 / 1801 (Men’s Race)|
|Gender Place:||162 / 1577|
|Age Group Place:||24 / 194|
|Run Pace:||6:36 min/mile|