|Finish line at the Pensacola Double Bridge Run 5k|
Mile 0.0-1.0: 7:48 pace - Perfect!
Mile 2.0-3.1: 7:40 pace with a sprint at the end - Perfect!
It was that middle mile... 1.0-2.0... the mile involved a highway overpass (read: hill) and a bridge over the intracoastal waterway (read: hill). That mile bit me in the arse.
I powered through.
I ran hard enough that I wanted to hurl at the top of the second
And yet... it wasn't enough.
Mile 1.0-2.0: 8:40(ish) pace.
My net time: 25:03.
Cue anger, frustration, and renewed dedication to Tuesday track workouts.
I could blame the tiered starts that left 5k runners weaving through 15k walkers. I could blame the fact that I forgot to schedule a massage this week. I could blame the 2 pounds I gained eating king cake last month. I could blame the fact that it's allergy season.
But I won't.
Clearly track work is helping. I was fast enough to take home an age group award.
But that's small comfort when my time isn't where I want it to be. I have a gap to cover in order to PR. Yes, I know I could sign up for a net downhill course, but that defeats the purpose. I want to be faster.
So... back to the track.
I have more (speed)work to do.