I know every summer we all talk about it being hot and humid. And every year this is true, but this summer in NJ and Delaware it has been an inferno.
For the past 5 days the temperatures have been well over 100* and yesterday we had feels like temperatures of 113*! Seriously this is not Atlanta or Orlando.
I’m back at my free summer 5k trail series. The 1st race we had really nice temperatures of 82* and lowish humidity. I saw lots of the regular people there - the guy who my husband loves to hate, his wife, the young high school girl who always goes out way too fast and then sounds like she’s having an asthma attack, the guy who started the series, etc.
I believe there were roughly 150 of us. The course starts on the road and quickly goes to grass, back on the road, to a dirt road and field before heading into the woods on single track.
Last year I was close to beating the guy who my husband loves to hate. I was within 30-60 seconds of his time. At the start of the race I had no time goal. I was just going to put in a solid effort. When the race started I couldn’t believe how easy the pace felt. I kept waiting to blow up and have to walk. Never happened. Finished in 25:28 - 30 seconds off my fastest time last year. I ended up passing the GMHLTH in the first 1/2 mile and never saw him again.
Last week for the 2nd race the temperatures soared. Earlier in the day it was a feels like temperature of 108*. I told my friend that the race was all about survival. All we had to do was get around the course. Temperatures had cooled to a pleasant 98* by race time. Lol. Somehow I still finished with a time just 15 or so seconds slower than the previous week- 25:45. This first week I finished 6th female and last week I was 5th. The really great thing about this race is that it caters to everyone— super fast track kids to people who have never run a 5k.
The series has 3 more weeks. They give out prizes for top 3 overall and then 3 deep in each age group. So far I’m 4th overall and 1st in 50-59. The ladies ahead of me in the OA category are 3 minutes faster each race. I’d need one of them to miss a race to move up in the OA category.
My training for the Trailfest has been going pretty well. I managed 33 miles outside last week in the Hell’s Kitchen Inferno. And this morning I somehow knocked out my 10 miler in the feels like 100*. As long as I stay under the trees or in shade I seem to be okay but the minute I step in the sun I die.
I’m going to go for a fast 1/2 marathon either before Trailfest or after. Looking at AC 1/2, Cape Cod 1/2 or ?? I also keep eyeing up marathons. I know. Dumb to even think about another one yet, but I’d love to get a qualifying time for Chicago to be able to run next year. Really hard making plans when I have no idea what my current pace is.