It's Halloween season! My roommate Ryan (also a former runner and captain of the Cross Country team) and I geared up as the Dynamic Duo this morning to race the Wesley Village 5k in Shelton, CT. Halloween races showcase the best of the road racing community: runners at all levels supporting each other and having fun. The kids' race was easily the most fun event of the day – our favorite costume was a boy in a full-body dinosaur suit (see photo below), who we named "Dinokid".
The race itself was tame, and just for fun. Ryan did two mile repeats beforehand to get more of a workout in, and I was coming off of a hard week of training. The course, however, was not tame: downhill on the way out, turn around, go up a big hill, and uphill the entire way back. We took it easy on the way out, hitting the first mile in 5:15, but my HR was through the roof on the way back! That said, we ran a relaxed 16:55 for a side-by-side Batman and Robin 1-2 finish.
This is my first race back after taking nearly 8 months off running due to an ankle injury, so we still have a lot of work to do! I am back to building endurance with tempo runs and increasing my volume. Check out photos of the event below: