A 5k in Memphis sounded like a good idea. We come for an annual July 4th weekend party every year. I'm training for a half marathon and the 5k seemed perfect to actually get me to run while indulging everyday in good food, good drinks and tons of party games.
As I checked the weather before packing, I got nervous. No day under 100. Yikes!
I prepared by running one morning in the heat and about died. It was hot and humid and I'm not used to that.
I knew what I was in for. I knew I wanted to run a sub 28, Joel said I should run a sub 26. This was going to be a challenge at 7pm after being at the pool all day. I proceeded to eat a medium sized lunch and lots of water.
Once I got there and realized how hot it was, I knew that I had to overcome the mental obstacles to run at a steady pace.
Waiting at the start, my garmin died. Yes I was so mad. I was planning on pacing myself and Joel's sisters for at least the first mile. I had only used it once since taking it off the charger. (Might need to look into a new one). So I opened the Nike app to pace myself. And then we were off. I quickly realized that pacing myself with Nike was no longer an option since the new update, it didn't give me my pace, just distance and time elapsed.
I didn't know the neighborhood so I couldn't count on that knowing where I was. I walked through the water stations after mile marker 1 and right before mile marker 2. It was so hot I had to walk for one minute to cool off and catch my breath.
I ended up sprinting in once I turned the corner and saw cones. I think I sprinted too fast as I had to hold my side (side stiches galore) as I crossed the finish line. I couldn't bring myself to slow on my way in to that finish line.
Time was 28:31 though that wasn't the time chip. I have another 5k in San Francisco on July 14th and I'm hoping to see that sub 26 minute 5k then.