Last year when I ran this race, I was near the end of my Couch to 5K training, and this year I have been quite slack on my training. No true goals, I discovered during this run, is something that I need to change very soon. But I am not using it as an excuse...sometimes life just gets in the way, and that is okay. So lack of training on my part and not really paying attention to pace lately was one reason I didn't improve.
Another reason I feel I didn't improve over last year's race is the weather. Last year this race was in November, and I recall it being cool enough that I wore several layers, including long sleeves. This past Saturday the temperature was in the high 60's and over 90% humidity and quite sunny. I really thought I was done with high humidity running. I should have hydrated a little better beforehand.
In addition to better hydration, I still need to figure out how to better fuel myself for morning races. I am an afternoon/evening runner, and so I have no problem eating enough during the day for those runs. I think I am doing fine with the meal I eat the night before, but I am still working on knowing how much I need to eat in the morning and how much time before the event is best for taking advantage of the energy.
So...my first? Unfortunately for the 2 students this event raises scholarship money for, the attendance for this race wasn't all that great. But I did benefit from the low participation. I finished 3rd in my age group, earning me a $25 gift certificate from Sole Dimensions! Yay for me! I'll take placing in a race any way that I can!
Up next for me is Wicked 10K on 10/25. My first 10K, but I already know I will be run/walking it, so there should be no disappointment. Stay tuned...