With the 2013 triathlon season now squarely behind me, it's time to dive in to the grab bag of fall 5k races. The last few weeks have had a running focus to re-tool my legs for 5-10k racing. This means getting back to the track, and back to near-constant lower leg soreness as I limp around the office.
The Yale XC team has been nice enough to let me join for workouts, and simultaneously remind me that my legs cannot do what they used to. Last week we did 4+ miles of work (broken into miles, 800s, and 400s), all under 4:38 pace per mile. My wheels came off when we got to 400s at 64. And I got my first blister in ages. I'm getting soft.
Yesterday was the Wicked Good 5k in New Haven. I do this as a fun race, though my costume choice made it a miserable 16 minutes. The costume was a full-body Mighty Morphing Power Rangers suit, in which I could neither see well nor breathe well. It was like altitude training, with an oxygen deprivation chamber on my face. I went out well under 5:00 pace, but crossed two miles a little over 10:00, then tightened up from there on a mildly hilly course. Luckily I had built up a minute lead so the Red Ranger was safe in first. David Ellis had a very solid race, taking 3rd overall and setting a personal best.
More (and faster) races to come this and next month!