All bundled up!
I didn't really have a goal for this race as it was less than 2 weeks post marathon and I hadn't done much running in this days. I knew I should be able to do it in under 50 minutes based off my short distance pace so I thought ok let's try for that. I knew that Prospect Park hill would be hard but I wasn't expecting a short 5 mile race to be an uphill battle the whole time. As I said it was cold, I don't think I felt my toes until mile 2 and that did not help with my foot strike at all. My legs felt like lead and my feet solid blocks of ice, I just felt heavy. I ended up walking a lot, my foot was killing me, my IT band hurt and I felt like a complete frustrated failure. After a stern talking to, if you haven't noticed I talk to my self A LOT while running I pulled it together and did some controlled walking.
I actually did manage to finish in under 50 minutes because when I realized I was close enough to sprint and I had a chance I kicked in those after burners and sprinted like the wind. I'm actually getting better at sprinting!
the very first race where my GPS watch didn't say I ran further than the race distance!