Another 5K and I’m slowing down
Today’s race in Golden Gate Park went more slowly than I’d have liked. Slowing by sixteen seconds in the 5K between June 20th and July 4th didn’t bother me, but adding an additional minute and fifteen seconds to that time is a warning sign.
It’s easy to guess why I might be slowing. I had an entire week between races and I didn’t get out on the road once. I know I said that I had to cut back and take it easy to avoid injury, but I think cutting back to zero might have been taking it too far.
I also didn’t allow myself the chance to warm up this morning. I left the house later than I intended and arrived at the race six minutes before the starting gun. I hadn’t registered for the race and I had to change from motorcycle gear into running gear. Mostly that meant peeling layers and stashing them in my saddlebags but I did have to stop to put my running shoes on, pay the registration fee, write my name on the liability waiver and fill out the race tag. Fortunately there ended up being a number of announcements made before the race started and that bought me a couple of extra minutes.
This was the Rainbow Falls 5K, the course on which I set my 5K personal record (25:54) back in 2006. I have no illusions about resetting that PR any time soon. Doing so by the end of the year would be fantastic but might be too much to hope for.
It was a nice morning and the attendance at the race was goodprobably twice as many people as ran it in 2006. I’ll know for certain when the race results get posted. Eventually the total number of runners for this year’s Rainbow Falls 5K will be displayed as «field» above, next to «placement». In 2006 there were 101 runners in the race. I’ll let you do your own comparison once the information is in.