Happy Fourth of July! My husband and I woke up at 5 am at my parents’ house so we could drive down to Marta and catch a ride to the race start. We were a little tight on time, but arrived just in time to start with our waves at 7:30 am. It was 92% humidity and in the 70s when we started. I think the temps got up to the 90s by the time the race ended for later waves. I did a little research last year on heat and humidity. It turns out that dew point is the best predictor of performance. Here is a helpful article with a chart for dew point. Today’s dew point was around 73 in Atlanta, which is “very difficult” according to the article. All part of the sport! 🙂
I’ll write a race report later, but the race went well for me and I PR’d. I don’t feel like I ran as fast as I could have, but I had a hard time pushing to the point of suffering. I kind of just found a comfortably hard pace and tried to stick with it. My overall average pace was 6:21, but it definitely was faster on the initial downhills compared to the uphills at the end! My finishing time was 39:55. I’m happy to break 40, but I’m also a little mad at myself for not leaving it all out on the course. It certainly makes me want to run more shorter distances to have fun with the paces. 🙂
We drove back up to my parents’ house after the race to collect our baby. Before we left, we got in a fun boat ride with a sleepy baby and all ate lunch. Such a wonderful holiday with my wonderful family!
How do you know how much to push during races so that you don’t blow up or run too conservatively?