This past weekend I ran the Rise and Shine 5kin which I won my age division; it was an absolute last second call to run this race — really! The event started with the firing of the gun at 8:30 on April 25th… 2 hours after I decided to register. My miles are down to 30 per week, but I do intend on upping them to 6o in preparation for a series of marathons. The cool thing about this race is while on the return of an out and back, I saw one of my students, who by the way, won her division. I do not train for the shorter road races such as this 3.2 mile one, but they are fun. How about this: In Houston we have “seriously” no hills. So, as I approached my first mile roughly at a 6 minute and 30 second per mile pace, I realized there was a hill. Okay, it was one of those Houston overpasses — but it kicked my butt.
Below are a set of photos taken by the professional photographer. If I look like I am struggling, I am. I have an easier time on 15 mile runs at a 7 minute and 30 second per mile pace than I do on a 3.2 mile run at 6 minutes and 20 seconds.