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