July 4th Westerville Rotary 5k Race Report

December 31, 2016 /
Updated Mar 2, 2020

Race Info

Location: Westerville, Ohio
Date: July 4th, 2016
Distances: 5k, Kids Run
People: 470+
Race Website

A week and 2 days prior, I had finished Dawg Gone Long Run 50 miler with brutal blood blisters covering my feet and in between my toes. After a few days of tending to my feet and biking, I was back on track and feeling surprisingly good. I had originally planned to take this race easy due to how close it was to my 50, but I was feeling good and after a long run that weekend I had built my confidence back up.

Weather for race day looked perfect. The forecast initially called for rain all day, but blew over. I was left with an unusually cool summer day. Perfect race weather. I was ready to crush this 5k and hoping to PR. I went out and crushed the first 1.5 miles. The next half mile my legs began feeling heavy and the soreness from my 50 mile came crashing down on me. I went straight into maintenance mode. I should have known that that I wouldn’t be able to maintain that pace, but I was feeling overly optimistic. I faded into the finish for a final time of 21:17.

I ended up placing 3rd in my age group and 9th female overall.

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