My speedwork assignment for the week was supposed to be this:
- Warm-up mile
- 3 x 1600m @ 7:05 w/ 1 minute walk interval
Chick-Fil-A has one of my favorite advertising campaigns ever. I LOVE any time I see a new billboard with those illiterate and costumed cows.
Anyway, back to the race. It seems a lot of the 5ks downtown run a similar route. And they all include headin’ up the dreaded Beale Street Hill after a long run down Riverside.
The weather was fantastic – I haven’t felt temperatures like that since April. When we lined up on Front Street I was rearin’ to go. The sirens went off and people went down! Right in front of me, two runners stumbled on somethin and created a tiny pile up – luckily I managed to avoid going down but it did trip me up for a few seconds. In all the mental effort to avoid the pile, I forgot to start my watch right away so was playin’ catch up for the first mile.
My second hiccup happened in mile 2 and was a complete rookie mistake. After coasting down the Riverside Hill (into the wind), I had to stop to tie my shoe. I know. Irresponsible. And then I had to face the Beale Hill…I chugged up it and pushed the last mile to the finish into Autozone. I enjoyed the course – reminded me of a lot of the Half Marathon course, and I always love a finish in the ballpark – except for climbing those damn stadium stairs at the end. Easier after a fast 3.1 than 26.2 though. 🙂
Here’s the final report on the race: