Saturday morning I ran the Women’s Distance Festival 5k in West Annapolis. It was a super fun race, my 8th of the year so far and my first Striders race this year (would have been my 3rd but the first one I had to make an emergency trip to CT for a funeral and then the 2nd I just didn’t feel up for).
It was a 2 loop course throughout west Annapolis, a course I know quite well for the most part since it’s often on the front end of my long runs to add an easy mile at the start. I started out really great, and tried to just move through the hills. By the end of the first loop, my legs started feeling really heavy. I didn’t pace myself well enough but I did love seeing 8:22/mi on my garmin if not for long.
Midway through, just before mile 2 and after the water stop they had, it started raining. By this time I was done with the hills (there were 2 not so fun hills. Then again, are any hills fun??) and just had to make 3 more turns to the finish.
With a quarter mile left, it really started to rain. I finished strong though. Adam cheered me on (he wasn’t up to running the men’s race – thankfully, a crazy storm rolled through just after I finished!) and met up with me at the finish. I finished right before the real storm started which we ended up walking back to the car in. We grabbed Naval Bagel (my post run treat) and then headed home to regroup before our Eastern Shore Day trip!