U Can Finish 5 Miler

October 14, 2012 7:30AM UCF Campus Orlando, FL

  • Finish Time:  35:51
  • Age Group Place:  4th/138
  • Gender Place:  22nd/756
  • Overall Place:  106th/1,385

I ran the U Can Finish 5 Miler (Presented by Florida Hospital) this morning.  I only did a 6 mile run this week due to being out-of-town for work, a painful blood blister on my pinky toe and ankle pain after my 6 mile run on Thursday (I need new shoes).  I went in to the race feeling very well – my body felt rested.  I can run 5 miles with my eyes closed but my goal is to finish as fast as my abilities allow me to and to place in my division (Women 30-34) so I was nervous because I slacked on my speed work for the last 2 weeks.  My initial goal was a finish time of 34:27 but that might have been a little aggressive because this was the first 5 mile race I have ever run plus the heat and humidity is still going strong in Orlando.  I cannot push myself to my ultimate limit in humidity – my body just doesn’t allow it right now.

I still did end up finishing 4th out of 138 in my age group (I missed 3rd place by 35 seconds) and even though I ultimately wanted to place in my division, I am happy with finishing 4th.  Today just wasn’t my morning.  I am more and more confident that I will do very well in the Chicago Hot Chocolate 15K on November 4, 2012.  The weather will be cool and the humidity will not be a factor that time of year in Chicago.

I need to learn to realize where my limits are and to push them safely in the heat and humidity.  At the end of the day I am only in competition with myself so this is a great starting point for me to beat in the next 5 Mile race I will run…when ever that may be.  Running races in Florida definitely helps me in those races that I run in the cooler months here and in Chicago.  I end up feeling great almost like I was training on hills and am running a totally flat course!

Next Race:  Run Nona 5K October 27, 2012 Orlando, FL

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