The quest for the Summer Championship Series continues!
This past Saturday, Noel, Tony and I ran the Beach Paper Firecracker 5k. This is the series’ July 4th race, so it was a little strange that this year the race was actually in June! But I still came out with my flags on, ready to have a good time.
It’s been brutally hot the past few days here on the East Coast, with temps close to 100. We broke records across the region on Friday during the day, then had horrible storms on Friday night, so I had zero expectations about how I would run. As I discussed last week, humidity really bothers me when I run, and I had run hard last week, so no pressure. But then I got out there, and I felt good. Not PR good, but hey, let’s hold on to a slightly harder pace and see how it goes good.
And it turned out well. I ran just under 27 minutes (I forgot to stop my watch, oops, but I think it was about 26.57). So about a minute faster than last week, and the way I felt was night and day. Even with the glasses and the flag in my hair. And guess what? I ran third place in my age group! Ending up with a trophy is always an extra added bonus.
Now Noel and I have just one race to go–next weekend’s Seashore Striders Classic–before we’re officially Championship Series qualifiers! I’m so proud of Noel for sticking with this–he ran faster this week again! And I’m happy to qualify for another year!