- Raced in older pair of Adios 3; Lake Hefner, OKC, 9am
A week ago I had planned on this being a sub-18 race in my first 5K at age 50. But I started developing a cold (coughing/drainage) on Monday which is still affecting my breathing; also I have never breathed that well in frigid weather w/asthma. Then the weather was brutal with 29 degrees at gun and N 20-30 mph wind. We took off and I tried to be strong and hang with our group of 4 (JB, IC, and BL) but at the 1/2 mile mark felt like my breathing was red-lining. I backed off a little, which caused me to be gapped right when we had the mile straight into the wind. I felt like it was an up-a-mountain mile and my pace slowed to match.
When we finally hit the turning point I was way back from JB-pacer and even fairly distant from IC. I knew my goals were shot and tried to run hard, but probably didn't get the best out of myself knowing this (but also I was trying to recover from the wind-mile). I hit the back-into-the-wind .3 mile finish and gave it my all, but couldn't manage to break 19. I didn't really know what time I was at, never looking at my watch the entire run. I know I have had a good fall for my 5K efforts and today wasn't really a show-up of my training. But it was still fun to be out with friends and also hit up Pop's for breakfast afterward! On to Houston....
2pm Spin = 15 miles