I am a little behind on race reports, so I am going to do 3 short summaries.
Gregory Invite 10k
32:09 - 7th
My PR going into this 10k was 32:44 from 2013. We weren't really sure what my legs speed and sea level fitness we're going into this race. We figured if I could run 32:40, it would be a good start to the season.
The best part about racing at NCC on a Thursday night, is that the races are under the lights and the weather is usually pretty good. However, this year it started raining about 800m into the race...but hey, rain is better than snow!
The race was pretty uneventful. I got out quick, settled in, and ran. I think I may have not been aggressive enough through the middle section because nothing really hurt and I was able to close my last 400m in 68 seconds.
Starved Rock Country Half Marathon
1:14:39 - 1st
Sleeping in your own bed and racing in your hometown is awesome...90% humidity is not. You never know what you're going to get in Illinois in May. Unfortunately this year it was 70s and humid.
Going into the race I had wanted to run 5:29/mile to end up in the 1:11:xx range.i knew it was warm and humid, but I still said I was going to go for it. I made it through the first 4 miles on pace, and then the wheels started to fall off. I was sweating way more than I should have been. I got to the half way point still on pace for a high 1:12ish finish. The course is out and back. The way back was nice because I could use the energy from the other runners try and get to the finish line quicker...even if it wasn't going to be a PR.
It was fun crossing the finish line in first. A lot of family members, friends, and neighbors were there so it's always fun to win at home.
Fish Hatchery 5k
21:31 - 2nd
I had been back at altitude for a week and decided to race a trail 5k in Leadville. Probably not the best idea, but it was fun. I'm not going to lie, I had to walk a couple of the uphill sections...it wasn't pretty. But hey, I got to show off our Leadville Running Company jerseys, and they look pretty sweet!