It was cold. No. Really Cold. Like 16 degrees with a brisk wind cold. Still, it was sunny, the ground was dry and I felt good as I started my fourth Caumsett 25K yesterday.
The course at Caumsett State Park is a series of 5K loops – 5 to be exact – that’s got some great rolling hills and scenery, though, by the 5th time around, you’ve seen all the scenery you need to see
This race also features a 50K option, which attracts runners from across the country. This time of year, with training volume a bit lower, the 25K is a great option and my fastest race was a 2:21 in 2014. I lost seven minutes in 2015, posting a 2:28 and skipped the race in 2016. I was determined to make this a comeback year and actually posted a personal record (PR) time of 2:18! At the age of 50, PRs don’t come along often, so I was thrilled.
Here were my 5K times:
1st 5K 00:26:38 Pace – 8:34/mile
2nd 5K 00:27:25 Pace – 8:49/mile
3rd 5K 00:27:21 Pace – 8:48/mile
4th 5K 00:27:15 Pace – 8:46/mile
5th 5K 00:29:28 Pace – 9:29/mile
- Probably started a little faster than I should have on the first 5K, though couldn’t really even feel my toes, so who knew?
- My pace was super-consistent until the last 5K where I faded. Another 12-14 mile run in the weeks leading up to the race would have helped that. I had done 10.5 miles a week earlier, but would have benefitted from another couple miles.
- My coach Danielle Sullivan has got me moving in the right direction and I’ve been following her training plan exactly, even though I’m not a big fan of recovery days.
- Each of my runs these days has a focus and a goal; that approach is paying off both in terms of endurance and speed.
Next race? The New York City Half Marathon in two weeks!